Communication Expert Tells How to Make Dads Feel Extra Appreciated for Father's Day

Jun 01, 2010, 12:58 ET from Landmark Education

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With Father's Day coming up June 20, families are looking for ways to make fathers feel appreciated. David Cunningham, Landmark Education communication expert, offers these suggestions:

1. Say thanks for a specific moment.

Dads appreciate being acknowledged for something specific they have done. Cunningham suggests family members shine a spotlight on a particular time dad did something really generous, protective or loving. Maybe he believed in a child when no one else seemed to, or he built a tree house one summer, or always checks to make sure family members' cars are running well. Whether it was a small act of kindness or an act of "only-a-dad heroism," families can make Father's Day special by reliving the memory with Dad — and thanking him.

2. Tell dad he is loved and appreciated for loving his family.

Sometimes men in particular aren't sure that the people closest to them realize how much they are loved, Cunningham says. He advises family members to tell Dad how much his love is appreciated.

3. Let Dad know he got the job done!

The biggest thing for any dad is to know that his kids are okay. Children can reassure their fathers of that fact by letting him know their life works – and by giving him the credit he is due for his part in that success.

"There's not a human being alive who isn't touched and moved by acknowledgement and appreciation, and your father is no exception," Cunningham says. "So sure, give him a gift if you want or take him out for a steak dinner. Just remember that having his success as a dad be real for you and him is what makes Father's Day be an occasion of true celebration and love."

David Cunningham is a communication expert and seminar leader for Landmark Education, a personal and professional growth, training and development company that's had more than 1.2 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark's flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life. For more information, please visit

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