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Fathers play a significant part in children's lives. They influence children's self-esteem and school performance, are important role models, and, among other meaningful roles, make fun-loving playmates.

Father's Day is just around the corner; so don't be caught scrambling for the perfect way to show you care. Try some of these ideas, and make it a special day just for Dad that both of you will enjoy.

Video Surprise – Make a "World's Best Dad" video that he'll treasure for years to come. Put on your brainstorming cap for your own ideas, or try some of these. On videotape, share special memories of your dad, sing to him, read him a poem or do skits. Get the whole family involved and conduct interviews with each other with Dad as the main topic. Be sure to let him know just how much he means to you.

King for the Day – It isn't everyday that dad is waited on hand and foot. Offer to be his loyal servant for the day, and bring him coffee and toast in bed; fetch his newspaper; lay out his clothes, bath towel and mat; be host or hostess and serve his beverages and snacks; clean up after him and anything else to give him the royal treatment.

Togetherness Takes Two – Has your dad been putting off the dreaded task of cleaning out the attic, basement or garage? Give him a gift of shelving materials and brackets, wall racks and ceiling hooks, and storage crates. Then spend the day helping him to get it organized while catching up on old times.

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. — Anne Sexton

Sports Buff's Surprise – Take your dad for a sporting good time. Play a game of golf, tennis, or basketball, go fishing at the river's edge, or enjoy a paddle around a lake. If being a spectator is his thing, purchase tickets to his favorite sporting event such as a baseball or soccer game, boxing match, or auto race.

Weekend Getaway – Get in touch with nature and each other on a camping trip for two. Either rough it in a tent or rent a mini cabin at a state park, and spend your weekend enjoying nature hikes, sight seeing, fishing, boating, playing cards and taking it easy together.

Father's Day Feast- As the old adage goes; the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So, treat dad to a mouth-watering barbecue. Fix him his favorite: steak, ribs, chicken, burgers or chops for starters, and don't forget the grilled potatoes or squash, garlic bread or rolls, fresh green beans or asparagus, sweet corn, potato salad, and last but not least, his favorite dessert.

Certificates of Appreciation – Show Dad you appreciate his hard work by returning the favor. Make coupons that say: "In appreciation for all that you do, Dad, please redeem this certificate for a hassle-free car wash by me!" Other favors include sweeping out the garage, mowing the lawn, or any other task for which he normally takes responsibility.

Catch a Flick.....or Two – Treat your dad to a movie fest. Rent a couple newly released videos or some of his long time favorites, or head to the cinemas for a double feature. Whether you take the movies in at home or the theatre, don't forget the hot, buttered popcorn, candy and soft drinks.

A Gift of Giving – Does your dad have a favorite cause or charity such as the Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy, or American Cancer Society? If so, why not give him a membership or make a donation in his name? Remember that small donations add up and are always appreciated.

kimberly Blaker writes for parenting and women’s magazines throughout the US and Canada.

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