Show Dad he’s your hero this Father’s Day

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Show Dad he’s your hero this Father’s Day

by: Statepoint | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: June 18, 2015

If Dad is your hero, Father’s Day is the perfect time to let him know. Luckily, there are plenty of fun ways to shine a light on Dad’s valor – from cool new gifts to handmade creations.

Athletic Gear
Maybe it’s been a month since Dad laced up his sneakers – but you can change that.

Whether it’s a new set of weights, a mountain bike repair kit, or reflective running apparel, you can help keep Dad in super hero shape while promoting his athletic interests.

Cool Tools
Adults view many everyday tasks as mundane, parenting moments -- whether it’s changing a flat tire, pitching the tent on a camping trip, or checking for monsters under the bed. But to a child, these tasks can seem heroic, especially with the right tools. Give Dad the right accessories to perform these tasks with the ease of a hero.

Wearable headlights are not only comfortable and compact, but they can also help dads complete projects that require two hands. A new range of water-resistant, drop-tested headlights from Energizer feature powerful LEDs, a patented digital focus, dimming technology, shatter-proof lenses and a handy pivoting function, giving users the ability to control the beam direction. The Energizer Vision HD+ Focus, the most innovative headlight in the collection, allows for a beam of up to 80 meters. More information can be found at www.Energizer.com/fathersdaysavings.

Write a Story
Celebrate all of Dad’s heroic accomplishments with a comic strip or short story. Whether your Super Dad fixed a flat tire in an emergency, helped you finish your science project at the 11th hour or turned a boring day of errands into an adventure, you can show your appreciation by making him the protagonist of your own literary creation.

This Father’s Day, go beyond the standard tie. With a bit of thoughtful creativity, you can let Dad know just how much he means to you.

Tips to balance family and work life

Professional obligations and family commitments can be at odds -- particularly for those who hold leadership positions or possess jobs with long hours. And many people learn that the hard way.
“At one point, I became quite one-dimensional. It was all work and I had little time for family or other activities,” says Charles D. Morgan, CEO of PrivacyStar, who served as CEO of Acxiom Corporation from 1972 to 2008, overseeing the pioneering database marketing services and technology provider’s growth from 25 employees to 7,000.

Morgan, a serial entrepreneur, reveals his work-life balance struggles in his new memoir, “Matters of Life and Data: The Remarkable Journey of a Big Data Visionary Whose Work Impacted Millions (Including You).”

While working at his first job at IBM as a systems engineer, Morgan was called back just a few days into his honeymoon due to an urgent office matter, marking the beginning of an all-consuming career. Despite ups and downs in both the professional and personal arenas, he eventually hammered out a successful career and a peaceful family life. In time for Father’s Day, Morgan is sharing some insights into the eternal challenge of striking the balance between competing interests.

• While you may feel compelled to be involved in every aspect of the business, delegating tasks to the people who can do a better job than you can will benefit both you and the company. So know your strengths and weaknesses for better time management.

• Find systems that simplify operations and make things happen faster, even if it means rocking the boat. For example, when titles were eliminated at Acxiom, the cultural shift didn’t make everyone happy, but in the end, the company became more efficient and flexible, giving everyone more time at the end of the day.

• No matter what you are wrestling with at work, be available for your children during the day. Make sure your kids know that they are important to you. Attend their recitals and ball games and find hobbies that you can share with them. Be reachable as much as possible.

More information about the book can be found at www.mattersoflifeanddata.com.

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity for those struggling with the work-life balance to think about how to streamline work to make more time for family.

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