Perfect Father’s Day Gift Idea for Cheeky Mums & Kids
It’s that time of year again. The time dads in the UK, US and Canada, feign surprise on Father’s Day, as they open tool and gardening related gifts from their kids.
I’m an advocate for Father’s and Mother’s Day, so don’t get me wrong. I know it’s highly commercialized but we need to teach kids to show appreciation and to GIVE to others, even if it means putting their hands in their piggy banks. And sure, I agree, giving and showing appreciation needs to be a behavior demonstrated all year round, not just on one commercially decreed day.
Still, we live in a commercial society and most parents will go through the motions of choosing a present with their children, to give to their dads on the third Sunday in June (that’s 18 June this year).
A popular gift idea, apart from tools, or hand-made goods, is books about dads and grandads. I remember on my baby son’s first Father’s Day, giving a touching book about a baby bear and a grandad bear, to my father. I also remember my parents giving a copy of My Aussie Dad, a fabulous book from Yvonne Morrison and Gus Gordon, to my staunchly English husband, on his first Father’s Day in Australia. Fortunately, we are a bit cheeky in our family, so the joke was well received and we loved reading the adventures of a BBQing, sports-loving dad. They have those in England too, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch.
And what, might you be asking, is my point in all this?
I’m a children’s book author, so I would advocate giving a book to Dad or Grandad this Father’s Day, especially if your son or daughter need assistance with reading. Childhood literacy is important and experts acknowledge that the power of a male role model reading books to themselves, or to their sons, in particular, has an incredible influence on young boys, who may naturally favor more physical pursuits.
Humour is also a useful tool for encouraging young children to read and dare I say it, a funny book might just encourage parents and grandparents to read more with their kids.
So, can you take a joke? Are you ready to laugh at yourselves? I would venture that if you’re a parent or a grandparent, with precocious four to seven year-olds in your life, a sense of humour is the key to sanity.
My debut picture book, Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo (Lulu Publishing), is for every family who has ever laughed at a certain someone who sits on the toilet for too long. It’s for a Mum who’s ever wondered where her husband was hiding out for hours on end. It’s for a child who finds poop hilarious and most of all, it’s for a cheeky dad or grandad, who can laugh at himself.
"Daddy and the World's Longest Poo is a wonderfully whimsical book about one of life's greatest mysteries. Both children and adults alike will enjoy the authors wicked sense of humor as she explores where and why dads disappear for such long periods of time. With bright beautiful illustrations that at times reminded me of Dr. Seuss' art style bringing the funny story to life. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this delightfully entertaining book." – Amazon Customer Review (5 stars).
For Northern hemisphere shoppers, Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo is available to buy online at Lulu.com (in paperback and eBook) and Amazon (in paperback). Don't miss out for Father's Day - order your copy now.