Writing to your dad on Father's Day can be difficult, even if he is a great guy. If he has a great sense of humor, you may want to write something hilarious. Other dads might require something sincere to make them feel appreciated. If you have done your card shopping, you might notice that many of the cards use stereotypes about dads to poke fun at what dad's can be like. Golfing, grilling, drinking beer, and watching sports are the common themes for funny Father's Day cards.
Some of these cards illustrate fathers as idiots who sit on the couch with the remote in one hand and a beer bottle in the other while watching sports. Most cards don't say something sincere and true like, "Dad, I am grateful for all the time you spent with me when I was growing up. You could have easily spent more time doing other things you wanted to do, but you were there for me." This Father's Day, think of something genuine to write to your dad, and if your dad wasn't such a great father, then you can just sign one of the cards with the funny stereotype messages.
Father's Day Messages for Cards
This is a mixture of things to write to your dad. Choose one that expresses what you want to say.
When I think of the word dad, I think of many positive qualities. You're the reason I have such a great image of a father in my mind.
Everyone needs a father figure while they are growing up. I was lucky enough to have the real thing. Thanks for being a genuine, loving, and caring dad.
Dad, Happy Father's day! I don't know where to begin thanking you for all that you have done for me. You brought me into the world, watched out for me, taught me, laughed with me, and spent a lot of time with me. Thanks for being the best dad I could ask for.
To a dad who loved me enough to teach me some tough lessons so my life would be easier, later on. Happy Father's Day!
Dad, I can't imagine what my life would be like without your presence. You have provided me a stability in my life that I can't put a price on.
Father's Day is just one day of the year you get appreciated for being on call for me every day of the year. Thanks for being there and helping me when I need help.
Dad, you have been one of my greatest influences in life. You have taught me many things, and the most important thing you have taught me is how to live a life with character.
I went to the card store to buy you a funny Father's Day card, but I couldn't find one that made fun of a negative stereotype that you do. You must be a lot better than most dads. Thanks!
I think God knew what he was doing when he chose you as my dad. He knew I would need someone patient, wise, and loving to raise me. Happy Father's day!
Daddy, thank you for doing fun things with me. I love you.
Happy Father's Day, to an awesome dad who should win a Nobel Peace Prize for putting up with me.
Dad, you are my hero and my role model. Thanks for being here for me and being a great example.
Dad, at some point you have become my friend and one of the smartest people I know. Maybe you were always my friend, but you had to wait until I was mature enough to appreciate you.
Happy Father's Day to a father who is really grand. You're my grandfather.
"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be." -Frank A. Clark
"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -George Herbert
If your dad wasn't such a great father, then you can still write something on his card. If you're worried about what to write, here are some general statements for your not-so-great dad.
Some dads are so terrible that their kids would be better off never having them at all. I'm happy to say that you aren't one of them. You weren't perfect, but I appreciate you despite your faults.
You were the dad I needed in order to have my character strengthened.
I learned some lessons from you, and I'm a better person because of that.
Your Father's Day gift from me is my genuine forgiveness for any and all mistakes you made as a parent. I also want to say thanks for the many things you did right.
I'm not perfect, and neither are you. I do think that you're the perfect dad for me right now, though.
Messages for Other Special Men
For an Adoptive Father
If I had to choose between your time and your DNA for what makes a great dad, I would choose your time. And you have given me plenty of yours.
Thanks for making the decision to be my dad even after you had met me. Not everyone can say that about their dad.
I'll never think of you as anything other than a teacher, friend, counselor, and my dad.
It's amazing to think about how you made the decision and commitment to be my dad. That decision changed my life forever. That commitment changed my life for the better.
You're the best kind of dad in every way.
There's a feeling of acceptance that only an adopted person can experience. Thanks for the privilege and honor.
For a Step Father
I hope you have a great Father's Day. I appreciate you and the great influence you have been in my life.
Step parents have it much harder than regular parents. You have to earn respect, instead of just getting it for free.
I'm glad to have you as a role model. I look up to you in ways you may not even know.
Treating my mom as well as you do makes it easy for me to respect you as a father figure. Thanks for being good to us.
Step parents can be jerks, but you're the opposite. I appreciate having you around. Don't go anywhere.
You don't have to be my biological dad to be an important part of my life. You just have to spend time with me. You've done that as well as any dad would.