The month of June is filled with many different celebrations. Once summer arrives in June, schools shut down for vacation, and most recreational attractions begin operating at full capacity. June also is the month to show dads how much they are loved and appreciated.

Many Canadians observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures and celebrate the fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in their society. Father figures may include stepfathers, fathers-in-law, guardians, etc.

This year Father’s Day takes place on Sunday, June 19th. Even though Father’s Day began as a regional event in the state of Washington, nearly 60 years later, it would be recognized as a national holiday across the United States, which led to its adoption in Canada. Father’s Day is also commemorated elsewhere in the world at various times of the year.

The value of a father’s guiding hand is quite often most realized in adulthood. Comedian Dan Zevin said of his father, “Lately, all my friends are worried that they are turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.”

Of course, gifts are always appreciated, but here are other ways to show the love this father’s day.

Participate in his hobby

Dad likely has hobbies such as playing a favourite sport, boating, hunting, woodworking, or restoring a classic car. Asking to join in to learn the ropes of his favourite hobby can be an ideal way to spend time with Dad and show you care.

Tackle his chores

Provide Dad a weekend off from his regular tasks around the house if they are within your skillset. For example, volunteer to mow the lawn, weed the garden, run for groceries, or get the car washed. You also may want to help him finish a project he started but hasn’t yet completed.

Take in a show or a game

Maybe Dad has a favourite team he follows or a comedian he loves to watch. Purchase tickets so you can go in person. If that’s not possible, make home viewing a special event by clearing a few hours of your schedule and setting up a comfortable viewing area. Make some special snacks and stream his favourite programming right at home.

Give him “his” space

Dads often make sacrifices for their families, and this could mean compromising on his comfort and pleasure to ensure everyone else has what they need. Create a spot that is entirely his own. This may involve renovating the basement or garage for hobbies or hanging out. Even a free-standing shed in the backyard can be billed as a “Dad Zone,” giving your father a place to which he can retreat for some peace and quiet.

Start thinking of special ways to show Dad he deserves top billing.