Do Dads Get a Bum Deal on Father’s Day?

June 14th, 2011


“Just look at this!” my husband exclaimed, gazing at the selection of grilling guides artfully arranged in the bookstore in anticipation of Father’s Day .

Did I mention – he’s a vegetarian and he doesn’t grill?

“You Moms get spa outings and retreats on Mother’s Day! Us Dads? We’re expected to fire up the grill. And now, we can’t even do that right! You Green Moms are telling us we have to learn how to grill green!”

I laughed, but then I reconsidered. Gee, I realized, school’s even out for Father’s Day. No artfully decorated gifts from the kiddos, carefully project-managed by the kids’ teachers. No, it’s all up to the kiddos and/or Mom to figure out how to commemorate Father’s Day.

What do you think? Do we need to reinvent how we celebrate Father’s Day? What are your traditions? And what are your favorite “green gifts” for a green Dad?

I may also update this old post about what Green Dads want for Father’s Day! If you want to be included, leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter @organicmania!

– Lynn

(Note: This is a reprint of a blog post from 2008. Figured it stood the test of time, so I’d re-spin it! What do you think?)

4 Responses to “Do Dads Get a Bum Deal on Father’s Day?”

  1. Renae on June 15, 2011 8:13 am

    I never really gave it much thought but you have a point. I will try to arrange a proper fathers day gift from the kids along w/ his apron that has a reference to grilling LoL!!

  2. Lynn on June 15, 2011 9:08 am

    Hey Renae, if he likes grilling, so much the better…it’s just that my guy doesn’t like grilling!! I think the kids are getting him a new Swatch watch! :) And then, ironically, my brother in law is taking them away on Sunday after the DC Triatholon….so it will be an unusual Father’s Day for us!

  3. Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green on June 17, 2011 10:23 pm

    I find guys always hard to buy for haha.

  4. Condo Blues on June 29, 2011 7:16 am

    I think Dads get a bum wrap on Father’s Day! My Dad doesn’t fish or play golf. He already has grilling tools. Actually he has enough everything because if he sees something he likes, he buys it on the spot. Oy!

    This year my gift was my kudos. He watched a live streamed interview I did about DIY and tools. They asked me how I got started and credited it all to my Dad. Really, I wouldn’t had the nerve to rent a jackhammer for a project if it weren’t for his encouragement when I was little.

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