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How To Say Happy Father’s Day

Each year as Father’s Day rolls around, we find ourselves looking for ties, gift cards, and “King of the Grill” aprons for the dads in our lives. The gifts are nice, but what we all really want is to feel appreciated. This June, give the fathers a thoughtful card that tells them just what they mean to you. 


What To Write In Your Father’s Day Card

There are lots of things to say on Father’s Day, but don’t feel like you have to get it perfect. You can say Happy Father’s Day with humor, with sincerity, with a shared hobby or experience. A bit of time and thoughtfulness will go a long way here. 


But have no fear, you don’t have to be an accomplished writer to express meaningful Father’s Day sentiments. We’re here to help get you started with some Father’s Day card sayings. As you write cards to the dads around you, use these examples as inspiration and customize them to fit the unique relationship you have with each of these father figures. 


For Your Father

It’s time to write a message to the man you call “Dad”. Whether you’ve had a long, beautiful relationship with your father or you’re just starting to reconnect, there are meaningful ways to tell them what they mean to you. 


Start by considering how they’ve cared for you, what they’ve taught you, or how they’ve supported you. Dads come in all shapes and sizes, so even if it’s not explicit, consider the ways they might have quietly served you and your family. What are some favorite memories you have from your childhood with your dad? Where do you see your relationship growing with him now? Here are a few ways to say Happy Father’s Day:


  • “Dad, all of my favorite memories include you. Thanks for making my life feel fuller and richer.”
  • “You’re always there when I need you. Thanks for putting up with all my antics as a kid and showing me how to be a dad that shows up for his family.”
  • “Your dad jokes are never-ending. Even when you’re corny, I really appreciate how you take time to make me laugh.”
  • “Dad, I’m so thankful for the practical things you taught me. But more so, I’m thankful for the ways you’ve shaped the man/woman I am today.” 
  • “Dad, I’ve watched you work hard, love your family, and care for others. I hope the same can be said about me someday.” 
  • “You’ve always been my greatest cheerleader and supporter - I am who I am because of you!”
  • “Dad, you’re my favorite palindrome! (Don’t tell Mom!)”



For Your Husband or Partner


He’s your partner in parenting, the business to your party, the Bert to your Ernie. As you raise kids together, you see the work and care he puts into parenting, and a note of appreciation is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. Pay attention to the ways he actively loves your kids. Consider his best qualities - in what ways does he complement you and make your family better? He invests in your kids and teaches them a lot, whether through words or actions. Tell him what his role as “Dad” means to your family. Here’s what you could write in your husband’s Father’s Day card:


  • “Happy Father’s Day to the best partner I could ask for!”
  • “I wouldn’t want to do this parenting thing with anyone but you! You keep me sane and make life more fun.”
  • “Our kids have the best dad. Thanks for taking intentional time with them and for loving them well.” 
  • “I love watching you be a dad. You were made for this role.”
  • “I don’t want to admit it, but you’re the kids’ favorite.”
  • “You are a rockstar dad, and I’m so thankful for the relationship you have with our kids.”
  • “You do a lot to serve this family. Today, take a break and do all your favorite things.” 
  • “You’re the hottest dad on the playground. Love you and your Dad Bod.”


For Your Grandfather


You may call him Grandpa or Papa or Gramps - whatever name he goes by, he’s played a special role in your life. Grandfathers are pieces of your heritage. They tell you stories of your parents and the world before we knew it. And though you may not see your Grandpa as often as you’d like, you know they love you. This Father’s Day, make sure to tell your Grandpa how much you appreciate him. Here are a few examples messages:


  • “Grandpa, I love spending time with you and hearing about your life. Thanks for taking time to share your experiences with me.” 
  • “Papa, you have always played a significant role in my life. Your love and support mean so much to me.”
  • “Thanks so much for teaching me how to __________. I love learning from you.”
  • “Grandpa, I’ve watched you live a life of integrity and sincerity. I hope my kids and grandkids will say the same of me someday.”
  • “There may be hundreds of miles between us these days, but I appreciate how to still take time to check in. Thanks for finding ways to show me you love me from afar.”
  • “Papa, I may be an adult now, but I still love every phone call and piece of mail from you.” 
  • “Grandpa, you’re an amazing man. I hope today brings lots of reminders of how loved and appreciated you are.”


For New Fathers


Parenting can be difficult, especially at the beginning. New dads often feel unprepared and out of sorts as they embark on the parenting adventure. Think of those that are celebrating their first Father’s Day, and remind them that they’re doing great. 


  • “Hey, New Dad! You’re doing a great job, and that little one is so lucky to have you.”
  • “What a lucky kid to have you as Dad! There is so much good ahead for you and that little one!” 
  • “Who knew you’d be so good at this?! We did. We all knew it. You’re killing it at this dad thing.”
  • “I know these first days are long and often difficult, but you are doing amazing. Happy First Father’s Day!”
  • “I hope this first Father’s Day brings you so much joy and gratitude as you spend time with the one who made you a dad.”
  • “Happy First Father’s Day! Wishing you longer stretches of sleep, a few less diaper blow-outs, and lots of cuddles with your favorite little guy/girl.”


For A Son


Watching your kids grow up is a bittersweet thing. It’s beautiful and amazing but also sobering as you thinking of the time that has passed. And now, your son is a dad. It seems almost impossible, but he’s doing it and you love watching him as a parent. Whether it comes from an individual parent or both Mom and Dad, take time to tell your son how proud you are. Get inspired with one of these examples:


  • “It is such a joy to watch you as a dad. I’ve seen you through all of your phases, and this is by far my favorite.”
  • “I’m so proud of the man you’ve become and the dad you are to your kids. If you accomplish nothing else, this would be enough.”
  • “Your love for life is evident in your kids. I love watching how they resemble and reflect you. You’re doing such a good job leading and loving them!”
  • “Happy Father’s Day to the man who gave us our amazing grandchildren! You’re a great dad, and we see your influence all over these kids.”
  • “I love watching you with your kids, Son. You truly enjoy them, and that is the greatest gift you can give your children. Proud of you!”


Other Father’s Day Messages For Cards


For your specific context, you may still be wondering how to say Happy Father’s Day. Maybe your family is in an especially hard season and a quick quip doesn’t fit. Or maybe you and your dad/husband/grandpa are more comfortable with funny texts and gifs. And how to you engage the kids in gratitude, even when they’re young? 


Additionally, if Father’s Day holds complicated relationships or difficult emotions for you, you don’t have to slap a nice sentiment on a card and send it off. There are ways to write a variety of messages for different contexts while still expressing appreciation. 


Meaningful Messages


For Dad: 

  • “Dad, I’m so thankful for the practical things you taught me. But more so, I’m thankful for the ways you’ve shaped the man/woman I am today.” 
  • “Dad, I’ve watched you work hard, love your family, and care for others. I hope the same can be said about me someday.” 
  • “After an especially hard year, I’m just so thankful to have walked through it with you by my side. Thanks for all your support, Dad.”
  • “I know we don’t always see eye to eye, but I respect you and appreciate you, Dad.”


For a Son:

  • “I’m so proud of the man you’ve become and the dad you are to your kids. If you accomplish nothing else, this would be enough.”
  • “It is such a joy to watch you as a dad. I’ve seen you through all of your phases, and this is by far my favorite.”
  • “Even with our differences, I so admire the way you’re raising and caring for your kids. You’re an amazing dad, Son.”


For New Fathers:

  • “I hope this first Father’s Day brings you so much joy and gratitude as you spend time with the one who made you a dad.”
  • “I know the road to parenthood was especially hard for you guys, and watching you as a dad feels even more special. So thankful you get to celebrate big today.” 

Messages of Wisdom

If you’ve been in a parenting or mentoring role for some time, your words of encouragement and experience are a welcomed gift on Father’s Day. Here are a few wisdom-packed ideas for Father’s Day sentiments:

  • “Being a dad is the hardest and most significant role I’ve ever had. Take it seriously but enjoy the adventure of it, too.”
  • “There are days you’ll feel like a bad dad, especially as you start out. Remember this: no one could be a better dad to that kid than you.”
  • “Like most things, parenting takes pratice and a bit of trial and error. No one automatically knows how to be a parent. Give yourself some grace and prioritize loving your kid as they are, not as you wish they were.” 


Messages from Young Children

Though it may be a while before your kids can form full sentences about their love and appreciation for Daddy, you can set them up with a few prompts. 


  • We love when Daddy does ____________ with us. 
  • My favorite thing about Dad is __________.
  • The first word that comes to mind when I think of Dad is _________.
  • My dad is _________ and ___________. 
  • Thank you, Daddy, for _____________. 


Quotes for Father’s Day


  • "She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father." - Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchmen
  • "What you teach your children, you also teach their children." - Unknown
  • "Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father." - Barack Obama
  • “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you.” —Desmond Tutu
  • “The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” –John Green
  • “My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” - Liza Minnelli


SMS Messages to Send to Your Dad


In addition to a card, or if you didn’t get that card in the mail on time, a quick, thoughtful text to Dad is a great way to say Happy Father’s Day. Use a quote about fathers (see above), remind him of an inside joke, or send any message you’d write in a card.


  • “Dad, you’re my favorite palindrome! (Don’t tell Mom!) Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “Happy First Father’s Day! Wishing you longer stretches of sleep, a few less diaper blow-outs, and lots of cuddles with your favorite little guy/girl.”
  • “Papa, I may be an adult now, but I still love every phone call and piece of mail from you. Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.”  - Liza Minnelli “Thanks for helping me dream, Dad - Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I’d do anything for a Saturday breakfast with you right now. Miss you and love.”
  • “Love you and miss you, Dad! I even miss your corny jokes. Have the best Father’s Day!”

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What To Write In Your Father’s Day Card

There are lots of things to say on Father’s Day, but don’t feel like you have to get it perfect. You can say Happy Father’s Day with humor, with sincerity, with a shared hobby or experience. A bit of time and thoughtfulness will go a long way here. 


But have no fear, you don’t have to be an accomplished writer to express meaningful Father’s Day sentiments. We’re here to help get you started with some Father’s Day card sayings. As you write cards to the dads around you, use these examples as inspiration and customize them to fit the unique relationship you have with each of these father figures. 


For Your Father

It’s time to write a message to the man you call “Dad”. Whether you’ve had a long, beautiful relationship with your father or you’re just starting to reconnect, there are meaningful ways to tell them what they mean to you. 


Start by considering how they’ve cared for you, what they’ve taught you, or how they’ve supported you. Dads come in all shapes and sizes, so even if it’s not explicit, consider the ways they might have quietly served you and your family. What are some favorite memories you have from your childhood with your dad? Where do you see your relationship growing with him now? Here are a few ways to say Happy Father’s Day:


  • “Dad, all of my favorite memories include you. Thanks for making my life feel fuller and richer.”
  • “You’re always there when I need you. Thanks for putting up with all my antics as a kid and showing me how to be a dad that shows up for his family.”
  • “Your dad jokes are never-ending. Even when you’re corny, I really appreciate how you take time to make me laugh.”
  • “Dad, I’m so thankful for the practical things you taught me. But more so, I’m thankful for the ways you’ve shaped the man/woman I am today.” 
  • “Dad, I’ve watched you work hard, love your family, and care for others. I hope the same can be said about me someday.” 
  • “You’ve always been my greatest cheerleader and supporter - I am who I am because of you!”
  • “Dad, you’re my favorite palindrome! (Don’t tell Mom!)”



For Your Husband or Partner


He’s your partner in parenting, the business to your party, the Bert to your Ernie. As you raise kids together, you see the work and care he puts into parenting, and a note of appreciation is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. Pay attention to the ways he actively loves your kids. Consider his best qualities - in what ways does he complement you and make your family better? He invests in your kids and teaches them a lot, whether through words or actions. Tell him what his role as “Dad” means to your family. Here’s what you could write in your husband’s Father’s Day card:


  • “Happy Father’s Day to the best partner I could ask for!”
  • “I wouldn’t want to do this parenting thing with anyone but you! You keep me sane and make life more fun.”
  • “Our kids have the best dad. Thanks for taking intentional time with them and for loving them well.” 
  • “I love watching you be a dad. You were made for this role.”
  • “I don’t want to admit it, but you’re the kids’ favorite.”
  • “You are a rockstar dad, and I’m so thankful for the relationship you have with our kids.”
  • “You do a lot to serve this family. Today, take a break and do all your favorite things.” 
  • “You’re the hottest dad on the playground. Love you and your Dad Bod.”


For Your Grandfather


You may call him Grandpa or Papa or Gramps - whatever name he goes by, he’s played a special role in your life. Grandfathers are pieces of your heritage. They tell you stories of your parents and the world before we knew it. And though you may not see your Grandpa as often as you’d like, you know they love you. This Father’s Day, make sure to tell your Grandpa how much you appreciate him. Here are a few examples messages:


  • “Grandpa, I love spending time with you and hearing about your life. Thanks for taking time to share your experiences with me.” 
  • “Papa, you have always played a significant role in my life. Your love and support mean so much to me.”
  • “Thanks so much for teaching me how to __________. I love learning from you.”
  • “Grandpa, I’ve watched you live a life of integrity and sincerity. I hope my kids and grandkids will say the same of me someday.”
  • “There may be hundreds of miles between us these days, but I appreciate how to still take time to check in. Thanks for finding ways to show me you love me from afar.”
  • “Papa, I may be an adult now, but I still love every phone call and piece of mail from you.” 
  • “Grandpa, you’re an amazing man. I hope today brings lots of reminders of how loved and appreciated you are.”


For New Fathers


Parenting can be difficult, especially at the beginning. New dads often feel unprepared and out of sorts as they embark on the parenting adventure. Think of those that are celebrating their first Father’s Day, and remind them that they’re doing great. 


  • “Hey, New Dad! You’re doing a great job, and that little one is so lucky to have you.”
  • “What a lucky kid to have you as Dad! There is so much good ahead for you and that little one!” 
  • “Who knew you’d be so good at this?! We did. We all knew it. You’re killing it at this dad thing.”
  • “I know these first days are long and often difficult, but you are doing amazing. Happy First Father’s Day!”
  • “I hope this first Father’s Day brings you so much joy and gratitude as you spend time with the one who made you a dad.”
  • “Happy First Father’s Day! Wishing you longer stretches of sleep, a few less diaper blow-outs, and lots of cuddles with your favorite little guy/girl.”


For A Son


Watching your kids grow up is a bittersweet thing. It’s beautiful and amazing but also sobering as you thinking of the time that has passed. And now, your son is a dad. It seems almost impossible, but he’s doing it and you love watching him as a parent. Whether it comes from an individual parent or both Mom and Dad, take time to tell your son how proud you are. Get inspired with one of these examples:


  • “It is such a joy to watch you as a dad. I’ve seen you through all of your phases, and this is by far my favorite.”
  • “I’m so proud of the man you’ve become and the dad you are to your kids. If you accomplish nothing else, this would be enough.”
  • “Your love for life is evident in your kids. I love watching how they resemble and reflect you. You’re doing such a good job leading and loving them!”
  • “Happy Father’s Day to the man who gave us our amazing grandchildren! You’re a great dad, and we see your influence all over these kids.”
  • “I love watching you with your kids, Son. You truly enjoy them, and that is the greatest gift you can give your children. Proud of you!”

Other Father’s Day Messages For Cards


For your specific context, you may still be wondering how to say Happy Father’s Day. Maybe your family is in an especially hard season and a quick quip doesn’t fit. Or maybe you and your dad/husband/grandpa are more comfortable with funny texts and gifs. And how to you engage the kids in gratitude, even when they’re young? 


Additionally, if Father’s Day holds complicated relationships or difficult emotions for you, you don’t have to slap a nice sentiment on a card and send it off. There are ways to write a variety of messages for different contexts while still expressing appreciation. 


Meaningful Messages


For Dad: 

  • “Dad, I’m so thankful for the practical things you taught me. But more so, I’m thankful for the ways you’ve shaped the man/woman I am today.” 
  • “Dad, I’ve watched you work hard, love your family, and care for others. I hope the same can be said about me someday.” 
  • “After an especially hard year, I’m just so thankful to have walked through it with you by my side. Thanks for all your support, Dad.”
  • “I know we don’t always see eye to eye, but I respect you and appreciate you, Dad.”


For a Son:

  • “I’m so proud of the man you’ve become and the dad you are to your kids. If you accomplish nothing else, this would be enough.”
  • “It is such a joy to watch you as a dad. I’ve seen you through all of your phases, and this is by far my favorite.”
  • “Even with our differences, I so admire the way you’re raising and caring for your kids. You’re an amazing dad, Son.”


For New Fathers:

  • “I hope this first Father’s Day brings you so much joy and gratitude as you spend time with the one who made you a dad.”
  • “I know the road to parenthood was especially hard for you guys, and watching you as a dad feels even more special. So thankful you get to celebrate big today.” 

Messages of Wisdom

If you’ve been in a parenting or mentoring role for some time, your words of encouragement and experience are a welcomed gift on Father’s Day. Here are a few wisdom-packed ideas for Father’s Day sentiments:

  • “Being a dad is the hardest and most significant role I’ve ever had. Take it seriously but enjoy the adventure of it, too.”
  • “There are days you’ll feel like a bad dad, especially as you start out. Remember this: no one could be a better dad to that kid than you.”
  • “Like most things, parenting takes pratice and a bit of trial and error. No one automatically knows how to be a parent. Give yourself some grace and prioritize loving your kid as they are, not as you wish they were.” 


Messages of Wisdom

If you’ve been in a parenting or mentoring role for some time, your words of encouragement and experience are a welcomed gift on Father’s Day. Here are a few wisdom-packed ideas for Father’s Day sentiments:

  • “Being a dad is the hardest and most significant role I’ve ever had. Take it seriously but enjoy the adventure of it, too.”
  • “There are days you’ll feel like a bad dad, especially as you start out. Remember this: no one could be a better dad to that kid than you.”
  • “Like most things, parenting takes pratice and a bit of trial and error. No one automatically knows how to be a parent. Give yourself some grace and prioritize loving your kid as they are, not as you wish they were.” 


Messages from Young Children

Though it may be a while before your kids can form full sentences about their love and appreciation for Daddy, you can set them up with a few prompts. 


  • We love when Daddy does ____________ with us. 
  • My favorite thing about Dad is __________.
  • The first word that comes to mind when I think of Dad is _________.
  • My dad is _________ and ___________. 
  • Thank you, Daddy, for _____________. 

Quotes for Father’s Day


  • "She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father." - Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchmen
  • "What you teach your children, you also teach their children." - Unknown
  • "Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father." - Barack Obama
  • “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you.” —Desmond Tutu
  • “The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” –John Green
  • “My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” - Liza Minnelli


SMS Messages to Send to Your Dad


In addition to a card, or if you didn’t get that card in the mail on time, a quick, thoughtful text to Dad is a great way to say Happy Father’s Day. Use a quote about fathers (see above), remind him of an inside joke, or send any message you’d write in a card.


  • “Dad, you’re my favorite palindrome! (Don’t tell Mom!) Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “Happy First Father’s Day! Wishing you longer stretches of sleep, a few less diaper blow-outs, and lots of cuddles with your favorite little guy/girl.”
  • “Papa, I may be an adult now, but I still love every phone call and piece of mail from you. Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.”  - Liza Minnelli “Thanks for helping me dream, Dad - Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I’d do anything for a Saturday breakfast with you right now. Miss you and love.”
  • “Love you and miss you, Dad! I even miss your corny jokes. Have the best Father’s Day!”

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