My son Liam loves the written word. Since he started learning how to read, he’s been inhaling everything from books, to billboard ads, to traffic signs. Heck, he even goes through my cell phone and attempts to read my messages for me! What can I say? I have no secrets from the little guy! :p
For Father’s day this year, I suggested to Liam that we make a simple book for his dada. My idea was to make our own version of his favorite snuggle-time book “I love my daddy because…”. Liam was excited to execute, and so was I!
The first thing we worked on was the content. I asked Liam what he loved about his dada, and he readily enumerated the reasons why. It was such a privilege for me to hear him name his reasons, and grant me a sneak peek into what was in his heart! After this, we looked at old pictures and selected which ones we wanted to use for the book. Besides honoring dada with this gift, it was a great activity for us to do together because we were able to: (1) practice writing and reading, (2) increase his vocabulary and express himself more clearly (I helped him word several of the reasons he named) , (3) exercise his fine motor skills (by taping pictures, and peeling and sticking stickers to decorate the pages), (4) have fun, bond and reminisce—you’d be surprised at how sentimental little kids can be, too.
It took Liam and I 5 days to complete this project– all with the planning, printing of pictures, the writing, taping and decorating. It truly was a labor of love.
We finished everything last night and both our boys presented it to Rich this morning, a day before Father’s day. He loved it! I could tell because I saw him avoiding my gaze and tearing a little. (Success!) The best thing is that we can proudly display the book on the kids’ shelf and read it whenever we want to!
Here’s how it turned out:
To all the dads reading this, Happy Father’s day! You are awesome! The world is a better place because of everything you do for your kids.