After all they've done for us, dads everywhere deserve to be appreciated on a daily basis, rather than waiting all year for a card and tie (or some power tools). Though the holiday has morphed over the years into more of a commercial event, it's high time we got back to the idea of making Dad feel treasured and appreciated all the time.
Think back on the many things, big and small, your father has done for you over the years—isn’t it time you started making those same gestures in the other direction? We think so! It is never too early, or for that matter, too late, to make a parent feel special.
In these pages, you’ll find idea after idea that will encompass a wide variety of activities to get you thinking about how to make your dad feel special, even if you don’t live close by. Also included are quotes, and special stories and memories from numerous people about what makes fatherhood, or their own father, special. Go ahead and remember to buy that card and bring over some treats on the actual Father's Day, but in the meantime, here are some ways to make every day count . . .
Jennifer Basye Sander was a senior editor at Random House and now coaches writers at all levels to develop their ideas into books. She coauthored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published. Jennifer teaches nonfiction writing and publishing at community colleges in California, and is an adjunct professor for the MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in Washington. She lives in Sacramento, California.