Anderson Dental Care - June 2019



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As I’ve walked through some stores recently, I’ve seen so many signs claiming “THIS is what your dad wants for Father’s Day,” or something similar. I usually look below the signs and, inevitably, see things like handy tools; pairs of shoes, shirts, and ties; a set of knives; sports equipment; lawn mowers; barbecue grills; or even steaks! When I run across these ads telling my family what I want for Father’s Day, I can’t help but think to myself, “Is that really what I want? Is that really what most dad’s want? Will buying that for a father figure actually express to them just how much they are loved and appreciated?” Don’t get me wrong — some of those items look really nice, and I’m sure I could enjoy them. But when I think about what Father’s Day means to me, why my family sees fit to celebrate it (and me), and what being a father is really about, none of those items come to mind. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy anything for your dad. If he’s been dropping hints about a new gadget, then by all means wrap it up and give it to him! No doubt he’ll appreciate the thought. But this year, I encourage us all to take it beyond cards and gadgets, and really think about what I believe

all dad’s want — quality time, meaningful relationships, and experiences that will bring the family closer together. Even though my kids are young, they know that I value spending time with them. In that way, the ideal Father’s Day gifts for me would be simple things like reading a book, playing a board game, or going on a fun outdoor adventure with them. Every Father’s Day, my wife helps the kids make me breakfast-in-bed.

me laugh), and then they sit in bed with me and eat all the food they just brought me. It’s a simple tradition my wife carried over from her childhood, but it’s come to mean a lot to me. Spending those moments with my kids, seeing their art, and even eating the toast all make me feel more loved and appreciated than opening any gift could make me feel. When my family gives me the gift of their time, I feel celebrated. As my kids get older, the breakfasts might get a little fancier, and someday they’ll be gone altogether as my kids start Father’s Day traditions of their own. I can only hope that when they think of me on Father’s Day, they’ll know that what I want most is time with my family, shared memories, and a phone call. To me, you don’t add more time and effort in the gift-giving process with each passing year; you just need to brainstorm ways to continue fostering a close, loving relationship with the dad in your life. A shared experience will mean so much more than a tie or a beverage mug in the long run.

It usually consists of simple things they can do themselves — toast, yogurt, and some kind of fruit. They bring it in on a tray loaded with pictures they’ve each colored of me (or sometimes totally random things that make “I can only hope that when they think of me on Father’s Day, they’ll know that what I want most is time with my family, shared memories, and a phone call.”

To all the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!

–Dr. Brooks

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