Stereotypically speaking, men aren't supposed to be very "touchy-feely." But I promise you, when it comes to their children, all of those rules go out the window. I cherish every "I love you," "thanks," and genuine smile I've ever gotten from my son. It's incredibly heartwarming and fulfilling to hear directly from your child that he or she thinks you've done a good job as a parent.
Here are some "thank-yous" that might just make your own dad's Father's Day perfect:
. Thank you for almost always making time to come to my games, concerts, and awards ceremonies. I know you were under pressure and busy a lot of the time, so your priorities taught me that family and relationships are always more important than work and outside achievements.
. Thank you for supporting me when I decided I'd rather be in the school band than play basketball. The fact that you clapped loudest at our concert let me know unequivocally that you love me for who I am-especially since you were the star point guard during your own high school days!
. Thank you for making me help with yard work and home improvement projects on the weekends. I may not have enjoyed it at the time, but you taught me the value of hard work. Because of you, I take pride in a job well done, no matter how large or small!
. Thank you for teaching me to ride a bike, and especially for encouraging me to get back up and try again when I fell. I learned that persistence and practice pay off, and that the results can be fantastic!
. Thank you for coaching my YMCA sports teams. You showed me what good sportsmanship looks like and taught me why it's important to shake hands after every game, even if we lost! In all aspects of my adult life, I know how to lose - and win - with grace because of you, Dad. And even though I've aged out of Little League, I also exercise on a regular basis and try to stay physically fit.
. Thank you for disciplining me and telling me why you were disappointed. I certainly didn't enjoy being punished, but now I have a strong set of core values and a firm sense of right and wrong.
. Thank you for always treating Mom with respect, patience, love, and sometimes a little mischievousness. You taught me how to treat someone you love and what a strong marriage looks like.
Whether you write your own personalized thank-yous in a card or share them with your dad in person, you can rest assured that this will be a Father's Day he'll remember forever.
Author Todd Patkin's latest book is "Finding Happiness: One Man's Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety."