How to celebrate Fathers-Day

How to celebrate Fathers-Day.

Because I'm Your Dad, Ahmet Zappa BookI’ve been a fortunate son to have my father in my life growing up and into my adult life.  We all get just one go at being a father and a dad.  My father is a different person today than he was when I was growing up and I am a different father to my children then I was when they were first born. Just as I became a father without any dry runs or formal training in fatherhood, my father did the same.  Being an effective parent requires three skills:

  • analyze
  • adapt
  • execute



Being able to analyze is critical to self-criticism about your station as a father, husband, and fellow human.  Having an honest conversation with yourself is a skill that needs to be developed and honed, always.  At the end of each day I try to have a moment of personal introspect where I take an accounting of my soul;  what worked, what didn’t, where can I affect change, and where can I not affect change?

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If something you’ve tried hasn’t worked, doing the same thing over again doesn’t seem like the most logical next step, but sometimes we find ourselves doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.  If your 8-year-old has a messy room and you tell him to clean it each and every day for a week, and it doesn’t result in a clean room, maybe something isn’t working (hint: it’s not the 8 year old’s fault).


The next and last step is the most critical: to execute the change you’ve committed to making.  Once you know what you need to do, make sure you do it.  Being a dad can be difficult sometimes but the rewards are well worth it, and Fathers-Day might be the best time to make some changes and improvements.  One simple step in becoming a great dad, or becoming an even greater dad, starts by being there.  Period.  Be there, go to the park, feed your kids breakfast, hug them, stay up late watching movies they want to watch. Spending lots of time with kids is the easiest way to show them they’re a priority in your life.

Here are a few coupons for your kids to gift on Father’s Day.

The coupons are a good reminder, a simple nudge to spend time with your kids well after the holiday has passed.

About the book

Because I’m your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road ice cream in the bathtub.

In a text that’s both playful and loving, a father expresses his hopes and dreams for a one-of-a-kind relationship with his child. Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life and keep the book universal. The book’s ending, a moving tribute to the author’s father, guarantees intergenerational appeal.

Because I’m your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more . . .
because that’s what my dad did for me.

About the author

Ahmet Zappa is the son of late rock musician/composer Frank Zappa and, as he puts it, “My awesome mother, Gail.” Because I’m Your Dad is both a tribute to his happy childhood and a promise to his daughter, Halo. Ahmet grew up with a learning disability and now writes books to help children discover how wonderful reading can be. Through his production company, Monsterfoot Productions, Ahmet has developed several television shows and movies, including “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Disney-Hyperion

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