June 17, 2022
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affirm your husband as a dad
The task of hunting down the “coolest” and most thoughtful Father’s Day present can often be superbly difficult. Your challenge has probably been trying to find “The Thing” that perfectly encapsulates how amazing of a father your husband is. IMPOSSIBLE. Sure, there’s the Home Depot gift card, or the steak dinner, or the new grill or gadget. However, none of these things ever seem to accurately express the depth of gratitude you have for your man!
I may have a solution that seems simple on the surface but can express what a Home Depot gift card cannot: Words and Actions of Affirmation and Encouragement.
Here are some ways you can affirm your husband as a dad:
💚 Write down one way he has been an amazing dad for each year he has been a parent. So, if he’s been a parent for 10 years, that’s 10 pieces of encouragement!
💚 This one is for the “physical touch” people. Either take your man’s hands, or give him a hug, or cup his face in your hands and tell him that he is killin’ it as a dad and that you’re thankful he is your partner.
💚 Ask how you can best support him as a father. This question will show your husband that you care deeply about his needs and that you’re there to support him.
💚 Gather your kids and tell stories about all the ways he has been an amazing father. This could become a Father’s Day tradition! Stories could include daddy-daughter dates or help with homework, etc.
feeling lonely in your marriage?
You thought the words “marriage” and “loneliness” were oxymorons. Now you realize that isn’t the case. A Cigna study reports that in over 40% of marriages, one of the partners experiences loneliness and is unable to connect and be vulnerable with their spouse.
Here’s what you can do:
🗣️ Communicate exactly what you’re feeling to your spouse.
☑️ Do a self-check.
🤗 Create intentional times to connect.
💞 Create shared experiences.
🆘 Seek help.
Loneliness is not an unusual feeling to experience in marriage from time to time. However, it is something that couples can identify and often work together to overcome and grow stronger.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Chris Gregory, husband to his wife of 23 years, Jodi, Dad of 3, and the VP of Development here at First Things First. Take a peek at his recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
🏊 Looking for a place to spend time with your significant other? Here are some of the Best Swimming Holes in the U.S. no worries if you are not near any of these just google some in your area. Grab your spouse, pack a lunch, bring water and go exploring for a fun afternoon together.
👨🍳 I don’t remember how I found Smittenkitchen (Yes that is kitchen, not kitten!) on Instagram, but I have made the most recipes from her posts. Scroll through with your spouse, pick a recipe that looks yummy and get cooking. Enjoy spending time with each other and making good food!
📚 Stolen Focus by Johann Hari is my new favorite book. It helps you relearn how to focus, and put down your phone and all other distractions. For you couples who have been married for a while and are on autopilot endlessly scrolling through your phones, you can get the focus back on each other and your relationship.
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