Celebrating Dads!

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” – Writer Clarence Budington Kelland

We’re still celebrating great fathers and father figures! We love this time of year- where we can celebrate fathers and father figures who have raised, mentored and influenced our lives.

We asked our Facebook friends and twitter followers for attributes to a working Dad’s success. Join in on the conversation by liking us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SlingShotConnections)or follow us on twitter (http://www.twitter.com/SlingShotConns)

A recent Pew study* reflected that 46% of fathers would love to be able to spend more time with their kids. Our Social Media SlingShotters strongly agreed that the key to a working Dad’s success is establishing balance between work and home- here are some highlights and tips:

  • Balance time with kids, time with wife, work-time and leave some for ‘you’ time. At work, break bigger goals into smaller ones you can accomplish each day, so that you feel in control of the little time you have. (Sean -father of 2)
  • Give your best at work. Give your best when you’re with family. Its never perfect, but make a conscious effort to turn off “work mode” and turn on family mode. (George – father of 1)
  • To actively engage in my kids’ lives. This includes deliberate steps to listen and watch what my kids are listening and watching, and to get to know my children’s friends. I know many things in our society encourage kids to rebel and behave wrongly, so I take steps to limit this influence and instead pour into my children good and pure things. (Victor – father of 3)
  • I know it benefits my kids when my husband, who works over 40 hours a week, schedules private time for our kids individually through the week. Its nice that even if they don’t see him all the time that they can look forward to one-on-one time with Dad. (Sandy – about her husband Jeff, father of 2)
  • As a single dad, my dad worked several jobs. He made sure we were involved in a lot of activities and even if he couldn’t be there for everything because he was working, he was always available during special times, holidays, etc (Christina – who along with her brother was raised by a single dad)