By Katie Bennett, Contributing Writer
Our family has a Father’s Day gift tradition.
I’ve found something to give my husband each year that he loves. It’s special, appropriate, and fun. Because of this yearly “tradition,” I don’t have the recurring stress of deciding if and what to get for him.
The gift? A new 8×10 print for his desk at work. The first year this came in a frame, but now we simply refill it with something fresh for him to look at each year. Something to make him smile. Something to show him he’s loved and appreciated.
And when I say print, I don’t just mean a new photo. We try to be creative with it to make it as special as possible.
Last year’s print was my favorite yet. Our oldest daughter was just three at the time. I interviewed her about her dad, and then added the text to a photo of the two of them using a photo program. PicMonkey is my favorite free option.
Note: This idea was originally adapted from one suggested here.
For the laughs and sweetness of it, I asked my daughter the following questions.
Preschooler “All About Dad” Interview Questions
- What is dad’s name?
- How much does he weigh?
- How old is he?
- What does he like to watch?
- Where does he go?
- What is his favorite food?
- What does he do for fun?
- What do you love to do with dad?
- What does dad do well?
- What is your favorite thing about dad?
As she answered each of them, I took ferocious notes and then later composed this little narrative on a photo:
These questions might not be as interesting to an older child. If you’re interviewing an elementary-aged child, here are some supplemental questions you can use.
Additional “All About Dad” Interview Questions for an Older Child
- What’s your favorite memory with dad?
- When is dad funny?
- What does dad like to wear?
- How does dad make you feel special?
- What is the best food dad cooks?
- What things does dad know the most about?
- When does dad laugh?
- What does dad always tell you?
- What makes dad happy?
- If you could give your dad any gift, what would it be?
Find a printable list of interview questions HERE.
“All About Dad” Interview Alternatives
1. Create a Video
With smart phones and other readily available technology, you could turn this interview concept into a keepsake video for your husband. Record the kids answering questions and post it publicly on his Social Media page or present it to him yourself. I have no doubt that it will be special for years to come.
2. Use a Child-Drawn Picture of Dad
It’s also incredibly sweet to see how a child illustrates his or her parents. Use the printable below to interview your child and have him draw a picture of himself doing his favorite thing with dad. This can stand alone or be added to a Father’s Day card.