Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) June 10, 2008 -- Itâs always hard to find dad the perfect gift, but itâs even harder when the family budget is strained by rising gas prices and a tight economy -- and dad doesnât need another neck tie, golf club, or coffee mug.
Dr. Susan Orenstein is a licensed counseling psychologist who is an expert on Stay Happily Married.com, a resource for married couples who want to stay together sponsored by Rosen Law Firm. Orenstein stresses that strong marriages go hand-in-hand with strong families and that recognizing dad as a family this Fatherâs Day will help strengthen your relationship as a couple.
Orenstein shares five ways to celebrate Fatherâs Day on a budget:
1) Attend a minor league sports game. Many Dads like sports, but going to see a major league game like the Carolina Hurricanes can be expensive. So opt for the minor leagues such as the Carolina Mudcats or the Durham Bulls so the whole family can afford to go.
2) Volunteer as a family. Nothing makes dad feel more like the head of the family than a group activity. So pick dadâs favorite charity -- whether itâs an animal shelter or the soup kitchen -- and sign up the whole family to lend a hand.
3) Go for a hike. Many dads like the outdoors and while it may be too expensive to drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Outer Banks, there are numerous state parks to explore near by. Take the whole family and even enjoy a cookout after the hike.
4) Pool your resources to buy a gift: Instead of each family member purchasing dad a small gift, why not pool your money and buy him something big?
5) Plant a tree. Just because itâs Fatherâs Day, doesnât mean you canât do something good for Mother Nature. Find a spot in your yard and plant a tree in dadâs honor.
To listen to Dr. Susan Orensteinâs tips for Fatherâs Day, visit: http://www.stayhappilymarried.com
Stay Happily Married.com is dedicated to providing resources to help couples who want to stay together and features an online show, articles, other websites, books, and workshops which offer the tools needed to create happy, lasting marriages.