Jun 15·edited Jun 15

A good friend of mine gave me this suggestion, take time to spend a little 1:1 time with each kid during the day. So thats what I have been trying to do the last couple of years. I have 3 kids 4-14 so its a range of activities from playing at the park to playing a good game of chess.

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I would like to spend Father's Day wrapping up a long-weekend camping trip and seeing some beautiful corners of California with my kids and maybe fit in some giant sequoia gazing while we're at it.

In reality, I will likely spend a good chunk of it at home playing Tears of the Kingdom while my kids backseat-play and demand I main quest while I adamantly stick to my indefensible sidequest-only approach, and then we'll maybe make sandwiches together.

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My family, all of our 13 kids are foodies. Both cooks and candy makers...and with Fathers Day comes the “guys” party.

That means amazing food, fantastic conversations, my oldest boy with his 6 kids in tow will likely bring mixed drinks and we’ll share the finest cigars with my son-in-laws.

Likely steaks, chicken, a clam bake maybe, with a sea of various olives, fresh baked artisan breads and if I’m very, very lucky, imported Stilton cheese,...because I’m loved that way.

Children will swarm about, my cheek will be moist from the million kisses, and when it’s all over, I’ll snuggle with my darling wife as she tells me how I’m a “successful” Father.

Her words, not mine.

To all the great men in this community, is there a better job than being a dad?

Not one, IMO.

I hope you all have a better day than you can possibly expect, and are celebrated for being one of the great men in this world!!

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Ideal: spending time by the pool with the family after an early morning solo run in the trails. Lots of near beer nearby.

This year: driving up to the Catskills to drop our youngest’s sleepaway camp supplies and then exploring the local towns.

Past: I once went to Bonnaroo on my own that coincided with Father’s Day. Ugly cried when Brandi Carlile dedicated The Mother to all the fathers out there.

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I’m flying back from an all-inclusive week in Rhodes with my wife (first summer holiday without the kids) the Saturday before Father’s Day. The next day, Father’s Day itself, involves 4 hours of driving to pick my daughter up from uni but it’ll be worth it to have her home again.

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As a huge golf nerd, a day laying on the couch watching (with the occasional nap, of course) the U.S. Open sounds quite nice

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My daughters birthday is the day prior, and my wife is at a bachelorette weekend which she feels incredibly guilty about but I wholeheartedly support. I’m hoping it will be warm enough to setup the tent and have a camp out in the yard with my kid for her first time since she was an infant. We’ll see how that goes!

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I'm leaving for a week on a work trip the following day so I really just want to spend the day with my kids without the pressure of getting stuff done. Hopefully this doesn't sound too cynical but at my kids' ages (3 and 5) it's really about them, not about me (as in, they will have all sorts of ideas and will get so much joy out of making a fuss of me and feeling important), so I just plan to sit back and enjoy what they have come up with.

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Jun 9Liked by Kevin Maguire

Part of me wants nothing more than to head to a nearby greasy spoon diner by myself, with nothing more than a cup of coffee, a plate of eggs, and a crumpled copy of the latest New Yorker to keep me company.

Then, another party of me immediately feels bad and wants to invite the whole family, so that’s what I typically do.

I’ll get some me-time one of these days, I swear.

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