Let them be the dad and you, the kid.
Make something up or tell them a few anecdotes from your childhood -- especially ones where you got into trouble.
Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Help Habitat for Humanity build a house. Or, if the kids are older, do some work for a cause they support.
If you don't have a movie camera, take a few rolls of regular film, get them developed at a one-hour photo place, and make a scrapbook.
Pretend you like the tie they got you and wear it all day.
They get to pick the music and you resist the urge to complain about it.
Set aside some time and let the kids know that you're available to listen to anything they have to say on any topic at all. Give advice only if they ask for it.
If he's not alive, spend some time telling your kids about him.
After all, you wouldn't be a father without them.
Tell them something about your self that they've never heard before -- could be favorite place or a secret dream you had as a kid.
Spend a completely unstructured day with the kids doing exactly what they want to do. Ignore the distractions of the phone, e-mail, bills, work and errands, and focus completely on them. Top off the day with an ice-cream sundae.
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