Before the COVID-19 pandemic, some families spent little time together. So many fathers and their children were crazy busy with work, with school, with church commitments, and hobbies. After Shelter-In-Place orders, the world, as you know, got a whole lot quieter.
Yes, it’s been hard, but the time spent at home with loved ones has also been a blessing. It has given us time together, but in an unhurried and less-chaotic sense.
That is why for our June blog, we want to celebrate our Fathers by listing five ways to bond with the father figures in your life for Father’s Day.
Fathers are important, and we found a touching TED Talk that brings that point home:
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Did you shed a tear watching the video? Yes, so did we.
So, here are the five ways to bond with the father figures in your life for Father’s Day.
Schedule some quality time doing something they love. Does your Dad or older family friend like to go fishing? Hiking? Golfing? Do the father-figures in your life have a hobby or a passion they would like to do with you? When we were growing up, we shared a love for bicycles and cars. Because we bonded over things we enjoyed doing together, we grew up to have this family-owned auto repair business. Thanks, Dad! Time working with you while doing something we love means the world to us.
Host a family video conference. Since COVID-19, the whole world seems to be on Zoom or a similar video conference platform. Truth is, Zoom meetings with the family can be fun! It’s simple to use and you can create your own “Family Room” with a permanent URL linking you with your Dad, your Mom, your Grandma, your brothers, and the rest of the family. You can even play games like Pictionary and Charades. Seriously, check it out and enjoy the bonding that goes on from the comfort of your own desk chair.
Create something and share it. You can write a letter, a poem, or a song. You can paint a portrait, draw a superhero, or carve a memento out of wood. When you create something that comes from the heart and share it with the father or father figure in your life, your gesture will touch them deeply.
Play a game. We touched on this with the video conferencing idea. But what if you could play a game together in the same room, or in the same backyard. Wouldn't it be fun to play cards, board games, or video games together? What if you were to go outside and play some kind of ball game? Playing games is fun and a terrific bonding experience with the father figures in your life.
Ask them to tell you stories of their past and what they’ve learned. Hearing stories about your father’s early days is a precious gift. As our fathers get older, we realize how quickly time flies by. Each passing day is precious, and you can’t turn back the clock. So, we recommend asking your Dad and your father-figures about their history, what they’ve learned, and what advice they have for you at your age. Chances are high that not only will your bond become stronger, but you’ll learn some golden nuggets of wisdom. Go ahead and ask. You may be surprised at what you discover.
If you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift, we have an idea he will be sure to appreciate. Show your Dad that you care by scheduling preventive maintenance for his vehicle. The team at Schultz Auto & Truck Repair will be happy to do a digital video inspection that will show all the things working well on his car, and all the areas that could use some help. Helping him maintain his car, truck, or SUV will not only keep things up and running, but it will also allow more opportunity for you to spend quality time while traveling together.
The team at Schultz Auto & Truck Repair in Hamburg would love to partner with you to make your Father's day even more special. Make your appointment with us today, and give Dad a pleasant surprise. Schultz Auto & Truck Repair is conveniently located at 5085 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075, and we are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See you soon!