My father lives 3,000 miles away.
He hates presents, has everything he needs, and has another daughter (my much younger sister) to dote on him.
I’m not much for writing sappy cards. Or sending flowers.
Then there’s my husband.
He’s a hard man to buy presents for.
Our only plans for Father’s Day so far are breakfast in bed and a swim in the Illinois River. Hopefully we can squeeze in some horizontal play time. (Graphic pun intended. Totally offensive. Definitely stop reading. But can you expect better of a post with a cuss word in the title?)
But if your husband is a new father, or if you have a new baby in your life, I have the **perfect Father’s Day gift idea** for you.
Raise your hand if the man in your life wishes he had a better relationship with his own father?
My husband and I wrote a book to inspire men to take their shirts off and cuddle with their babies. Our idea was that men should be involved in parenting even the tiniest babies. And not wait for them to be old enough to eat pizza and throw a football.
Christopher Briscoe, an internationally renown photographer who lives in Ashland, Oregon and is Kirk Douglas’s family photographer, did the photos for this book.
They are so gorgeous one reviewer called them “soft porn for new moms.”
Chris just wrote this beautiful post about becoming a father.
My husband never held a newborn before our oldest daughter was born.
An only child who thought he wanted “maybe one” kid someday (we have four), he never imagined the depth of love he would feel for the squashy mewing tiny human who smelled like bread baking that he held in his arms for the first time nearly 16 years ago.
My husband has been changing cloth diapers, bringing babies to me to nurse, taking kids to the pool, going to parent-teacher conferences, and being front and center in our children’s lives ever since.
(He dropped our daughter on her head in the Paris Metro. She fractured her skull. He fractured his confidence. And years later wrote one of the best stories I’ve ever read about it in this anthology.)
(Full disclosure: there are no affiliate links in this post but I did edit and co-author these books so my positive assessment of them is definitely biased.)
Happy Father’s Day!