Celebrating diverse Aussie Dads this Father’s Day

Disabled father with his little daughter

Make your dad feel special this Father's Day!

With Father’s Day just around the corner, your thoughts are likely turning to how to celebrate the dads and granddads in your life. If your dad is raising kids – one of the toughest jobs in the world – and has a disability, you might want to put a little more glitter on that homemade card.

Fathers with disability can sometimes feel invisible, because other people mistakenly think that people with disability can’t be parents. It’s one of a few unconscious biases in mainstream society. But we know from firsthand experience that it’s just not true.

With one in five Australians fathers experiencing some form of disability, modern Australian dads are a much more diverse bunch than people might imagine. In fact, dads who have some form of disability are more likely to be stay-at-home dads and come up with creative solutions to the challenges they face in day-to-day parenting.

So what better way to celebrate our wonderful dads than with a bit of home-grown creativity? Read on for our top ten ways to spoil your dad this Father’s Day.

 

Breakfast in bed

Who doesn’t love a good sleep in on a Sunday morning followed by a leisurely breakfast in bed? Let dad lie in while you pop down to the local patisserie for pastries or cook up a stack of pancakes. Even a cup of tea in bed, accompanied by that glittery card, is always a winner.

Spend time together

Plan to spend the day with your dad, doing that thing the two of you love best. Maybe it’s tackling a DIY project, heading out on a hike, or taking the footy to the local park for a spot of kick-to-kick. Spend the day making memories, and enjoying each other’s company.

Backyard picnic

Depending on where you live you might not be able to go far from home this year. Instead, spread your picnic blanket out on the back lawn – or the lounge room floor if you live in an apartment or the weather is iffy. Pile up some platters with cheese, bread, crackers and dip for a picnic at home.

Home Paralympics

Feeling inspired watching our incredible Paralympic athletes giving it their all in Tokyo? Why not set up a home challenge course for the whole family? Choose your favourite sport and go for gold!

Have a family concert

Dust off those instruments and have a family jam session. Or get the kids to put on a concert with costumes, song and dance! They can make tickets and rig up stage curtains with blankets for their grand performance.

Set up a blind taste-test

Does your dad have a sweet tooth? Perhaps he fancies himself as a wine or beer connoisseur? Set out a selection of dessert delicacies, a beer paddle or hold an in-house wine tasting for him. Whether you actually blindfold Dad or not is up to you!

Video-chat with relatives

Can’t be with the people you love this Father’s Day? Schedule time to video-chat with extended family and tell them you love them.

Have a game day

Pull out those board games and challenge Dad to a game of Risk – or Scrabble if he’s a word nerd. Dust off his old Atari and duel it out on Double Dragon – or head outside for a bit of Bocce or croquet.

Have a backyard movie night

Stretch out a bed sheet on the back fence, pull out the projector and beanbags and settle in for a night of movies under the stars.

Build a campfire

There’s nothing better than cooking a meal on an open fire. Try wrapping potatoes and apples in tinfoil and cooking them on the coals; toasting sausages on sticks; damper on sticks; marshmallows on sticks.

If in doubt, buy socks

Stuck for a present for Dad? You can never have too many pairs of socks!

The most important thing all of is to remind your Dad how much you love him, and how grateful you are for having him in your life. That little reminder each year is probably the greatest gift of all.