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Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Recovery

How to Honor Your Dad While in Treatment

Father's Day may look different this year as the most important man in your life embarks on an important recovery journey. However, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate and connect as a family. Here are a few ideas.

How to Celebrate with Young Children

Young children often have difficulty understanding why a parent is away for treatment. The good news is that there are multiple ways to celebrate Father's Day still and keep the lines of communication open.

  • Have a virtual celebration. You can use video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Skype to have a virtual get-together with your family.
  • If you have young children, get creative with arts and crafts. You can make homemade cards or gifts to show dad how much you love him.
  • Get outside and spend time together in nature. Go for a hike, walk around the block, or sit in the park and have a picnic lunch.
  • Do something active together. If dad is up for it, play catch, shoot some hoops, or go for a bike ride together.

How to Celebrate with Teens

Celebrating with teens is sometimes easier, as they usually understand what's going on and why dad is seeking treatment.

  • If your teens are old enough, involve them in the planning process. Ask them what they think would be fun, and make sure to include their ideas in the final plans.
  • Plan an outing to do something dad enjoys, even if he cannot attend with you. This could be anything from going to a baseball game to taking a hike together.
  • Have a movie night and watch one of your dad's favorite movies. Make it extra special by popping popcorn and making homemade snacks.

How to Celebrate with Adult Children

If you are an adult child of someone in recovery, there are still ways to celebrate Father's Day and honor your relationship with your dad.

  • Be mindful of your own needs and emotions. Talk to other family members or friends if you need support during this time.
  • Organize a celebratory dinner or event with other family members and loved ones. This can be a great way to connect as a family while also honoring your dad's sobriety.
  • Consider donating to a recovery-related charity or organization in your dad's name. This is a thoughtful way to show your support for his recovery journey.

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