For anyone looking ahead to giving the fathers in their lives a little something special on Father’s Day this year, here are a few ideas for the sensitive, kind, caring, compassionate, crafty, all-around brilliant and dynamic fathers in your lives.
A bouquet of farm-grown flowers for admiring.
A canvas book tote for hauling around the daily necessities.
A pair of slippers for relaxing in.
A wooden tree swing for being playful with.
A mug for sipping tea from.
A bathrobe for some much-deserved down time.
A cookbook for inspiring family dinners.
In an effort to ground all of this gift-giving in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we can do today to help fathers of all kinds:
For Families with Two Dads: Take a photo. The Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents LGBTQ parents and their children. Their Snap it and Send it initiative encourages LGBTQ parents to “snap and send” photos of forms that only have a place for a mother and a father. It’s a call to action to acknowledge the diversity of today’s families.
For Families with Incarcerated Fathers: Send children’s books. The DC-based nonprofit Hope House supports families with incarcerated fathers by connecting fathers and children. The Hope House looks for children’s book donations on an ongoing basis for their Father-to-Child Reading Program, which records the voices of incarcerated fathers reading children’s books to send to their children.
For Men Who Have Babies: Support Men Having Babies, a national nonprofit supporting gay men who would like to become biological parents. They educate prospective parents about the process of becoming biological fathers and run an assistance fund to offer financial support to fathers during the surrogacy process.
For Stay-at-Home Dads: Explore the National At Home Dad Network, which provides “advocacy, community, education, support” for stay-at-home dads who are the primary caregivers to their children.