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“Regardless of who raised you, you are worthy. You are worthy of love, respect, being cherished, kindness, consideration, and compassion. All of those things must start with how you treat yourself.”
– Terri Cole



Do you dread Father’s Day? Do you find yourself frustrated in the greeting card aisle every year because you feel like you have to get a card but none of the Hallmark messages ring true? 

Are you estranged or is your father absent? If so, you are not alone. While Father’s Day is a celebration for some, for others, it can bring up feelings of sadness, anger, and disappointment. I get it. 

I had a very complicated relationship with my father and Father’s Day was always kind of painful for me. I was that person who would go into a store and see all these cards that would say things like:

“Dad, you were always there for me,” or, “You’re so amazing, thanks for always cheering me on,” etc. None of the Father’s Day sentiments were accurate for me or represented my experience with my father. 

If you can relate, this episode is for you. I’m sharing 5 non-traditional ways to celebrate Father’s Day to give you options to honor the beautiful, supportive relationships in your life.


  • 02:40 My own painful Fathers’ Day memories
  • Alternative Father’s Day celebrations
    • 04:23 Celebrate adults in your life who showed up for you instead of your father
    • 07:55 If you have children with a partner, make Fathers’ Day about your partner instead
    • 09:07 Have a self-love date to heal your father wound
    • 13:20 Create a gathering with your chosen family
    • 14:49 Fathers’ Day isn’t mandatory, but you can choose to celebrate yourself

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