Remembering what it was like growing up, my sister, brother and I often joke about how, when it came to discipline, Mom gave it her all. Dad on the other hand, could get results with a stern glance.
I noticed the same thing happening after having children of my own. My "No's" were typically greeted with cajoling, whining, stomping, any manner of negative reaction. Conversely, when my husband spoke, obedience was immediate.
They seemed to be under some delusion that there would be capitulation on my part if they kept trying to wear me down. Before that happened, however, I fell back, as millions of mothers before me, on the guaranteed method to obtain co-operation: "Fine, we'll wait until your father gets home."
My dad worked long hours and our time with him was precious. Perhaps that's why he was called upon infrequently to put us in our place. Or why we listened swiftly.
Given that I'm a babyboomer and grew up when parental roles were clearly defined, it was common that the principle caregiver was Mom. Dad was the breadwinner, family decision maker, Mr. Fixer and yes... the schoolmaster when necessary. When it came to finding cards for special occasions, any of these roles could be the theme behind a choice.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, however, it's not always easy to get a card that reflects the right mood with the perfect sentiment. And I am one of those people who will take all the time necessary to do so. Precious hours in this busy life have been spent in the aisles of Hallmark and Carlton stores, occasionally to no avail.
Thankfully, there are software programs now that make designing a professional quality card relatively simple. Since it's Father's Day this Sunday, here are some terrific tutorials for InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to help you create an original heartfelt message for the family patriarch:
Easy InDesign Folded Greeting Card Video Tutorial
How to Design a Greeting Card Using InDesign Tutorials
Make a Greeting Card in InDesign
Create a Greeting Card in Adobe Photoshop Elements
Video Tutorial to Create a Greeting Card in Photoshop CS5
Make a Greeting Card in Illustrator in 12 Steps
Make a Card in Illustrator