Daddy Deserves the Funky Foot Rub


iled onto our beloved beige couch last Sunday, our family watched the show of a lifetime: The Daddy Foot Show. Thong after tossed thong, we watched with great anticipation as Daddy’s feet flung his footwear into the air. You may find this strange, and slightly absurd, but this family memory is one of my all-time favorites. Truth.

It got Mommy thinking about Daddy’s feet. For too long, I’ve put my feet first while his feet have been ignored. Made fun of for their funkiness. Scolded for their crackability. Trod on by toddlers, toy trucks, tricycles and bicycles. Daddy’s poor feet!


In our family’s defense, feet have earned their soiled reputation. In fact, evidence of the funk produced by feet is centuries old! Washing feet in biblical times was reserved for the lowliest of servants. Indeed, feet are stinky. Feet are prone to fungus. Ew, but true. Feet and the shoes they inhabit are shunned daily, their outerwear banished to mudrooms. Feet are treated like criminals charged with carrying germs of mass destruction. The time has come to turn this “Ew!” into an “I LOVE YOU!”

Yes, times have certainly changed. It’s time we change the treatment of Daddy’s feet, too. Our family is going to let Daddy know we love him and his funky feet, too! That’s why this Father’s Day, we’re treating his feet to the Funky Foot Rub — and your family can, too!



  • Daddy’s favorite snack and beverage of choice
  • Funky music
  • Towel
  • Large bowl or basin (a cooking pot will also work)
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


First set the mood for family fun and put on some funky music. Tell Daddy to relax and recline in his favorite spot while the kids take off his socks and shoes. Make him feel like a king and put a towel at his feet. Let the kids have fun playing waiter, handing him his favorite cold beverage and snack.

Have your kids fill a bowl or basin halfway with warm water. Add a half cup of Epsom salts. Instruct Daddy to soak his feet for 15-20 minutes. If Daddy’s feet are extra funky, add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the water to calm the stench.

VV making funky foot rub
Valentina stirs ingredients for funky foot rub.

While Daddy’s feet are soaking, have the kids measure the ingredients for the exfoliating mixture: brown sugar, lemon juice, honey and olive oil. Combine these ingredients into a paste. Rub daddy’s heels, between the toes and all those rough spots in a circular motion, gentle yet firm. Take the towel and fluff his feet dry.

By the funky foot rub’s end, you’ll have a Father’s day of fun family memories — and one happy Daddy whose feet now smell sweet.

Daddy foot show no VV


  1. Susan

    I used to rub my Dad’s feet when he got home from work, and so did all my sisters and brothers. He wore tan lace-up work boots and could work anywhere from 8 to 14 hours at a time, but usually he’d get home around dinner time and sit in his chair…us kids would pull his boots off and massage his stinky feet, and let me tell you they did smell up the living room, but we didn’t care, it was our daddy!

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