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Encouraging the Unemployed Dad

Updated on May 31, 2015

Its Fathers Day and All Dads Could Use a Little Pick-Me-Up

As an unemployed dad dad I have lots of time with the wife and kids. On one side this is great. On the other they are going crazy dealing with dad.

Spending time looking for work and juggling family time. Both needed and both are important. Both can drive the dad crazy. Am I spending enough time with them both? Am I spending to much time with one and not the other?

And yes the unemployed dad can get burned out trying to do the right thing. We thought burnout happened only at work not looking for it.

So what I am sharing with you now are ways to encourage the dad looking for a new job. This way he can provide for his family.

The packages were from the web the wording was me. Part of the Main Image


A Father and Son Project

My son and I were both going for the 10 inches goal. Then I was down sized - unemployed. Going for interviews the long hair would not go over well. So with my hair at 10 inches from start to finish the donation was off. I did not think that I would look good with a buzz cut. One inch to go, just one inch. That would have been one more month. "My hair grows about an inch a month or more."

This sort of worked out for my son as he wanted to go with the short blue hair look. Yes I said blue hair. Just on top though. It was interesting watching him die his hair. It is now black on the back and sides and blue on top.

Sorry Locks-of-Love I was so close. But I will try again.

Philips Norelco PT720 Powertouch Electric Razor Personal Review

My last razor was also a Philips Norelco model. That one lasted me for over 10 years. The hard part was getting replacement blades. Finally the battery stopped charging if I did not keep it plugged in 24/7. And I was not able to get new blades. So with it lasting over 10 years my next choice would be another Phillips Norelco electric razor.

And that is what I now have. This time I got a second set of blades when I got the razor. This was so I would have a back up pair. In the good news these blades last for at least one year. I will have blades for the next two years. Also I do not have to have this one plugged in 24/7 as it is holding its charge with no issues. The wife is saying that my face is looking and feeling much better. (I take this as very good.) Even if it is not for an interview.

Finally my son has tried this and he also likes the way it is feeling. Its better than the old razor and at the same time better than using the straight edge bought in bulk razors.


1) How about a haircut?

I know I had to get one and pay for it. For me it was less than $20.00 but that $20 could have gone in the gas tank or for food. And its nice to say here's $20, keep the change as a tip.


2) How about an oil change?

Looking at the car, how about an oil change or a car inspection. It depending on where you go. But both are about $20. These were easy for me to pull up as my car needed both shortly after downsizing. But what if there was something unexpected to get the car to pass such as a brake line cable? These extra expenses could included to help cover and to help the unemployed dad.


3) Its time for lunch

Take him out to lunch. PB&J is easy to make at home. But spending time with your friends away from home is sometimes relaxing and encouraging at the same time. Again experience speaking here. I had a friend learn that I was not working. He called and asked if I would like to go out to eat. We were able to go out to dinner and just talk. Sometimes that is more uplifting than you could imagine.


4) A Bus Pass

A Bus Pass: I have several folks that I worked with that did not drive as they did not have a car. They would take the bus. So for them being without a job meant that they could not even afford the bus fairs. A one month bus pass would help them to get around as well as work on getting a new job. This could be for an interview that would lead them to a new job.


5) A Gift Card

A Gift Card: Sometimes the dads are more worried about their families and how they will provide for them. So for this a gift card to a local store. They can go in and use the gift card for food, medicine or what ever their family needs. I know for me my razor was with a gift card. And I still had funds on the card to buy other things as needed.

Gift of choice

Which would the dad in your life enjoy?

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The Gift Card - That was won on the job

There are a couple of nice things about this gift card.

1) I can shop at a local store or online. (This razor and blades were online)

2) The items shipping was to the store or to my home.

As a side note I was looking at a digital camera before I learned that I was no longer employed.

Please let me know what you think about the gift ideas that I have provided.

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    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      These seem like really good gift ideas:)

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @anonymous: Nice to know you get time with your dad. Even hours on the phone. Not always sure what will be timely when writing. At least until folks read them and let me know. Glad this was able to fit in and give you some ideas to try.

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      5 years ago

      Actually my dad likes having some quality time. We are on long distance calling sometimes for hours. Timely lens. I like the ideas.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @Redneck Lady Luck: For the hair cut is more of a have to then a want to. The meal out is not something that is often in the budget.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I like the idea of a meal out and also the hair cut. I am not sure why men do not simply take the expense of pampering themselves as part of the routine budget but my husband feels the same as you. If he were treated to a cut I am sure he would love it.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @orcamom lm: Its amazing how your life can play into what you write and you are always welcome to stop by and read some more.

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      orcamom lm 

      5 years ago

      Some great thoughtful ideas here, thanks.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @anonymous: I do have the wish list. At this time it is all music. My wife has one that is all books. The vest sounds interesting. Might have been useful when I went to Russia back in '89.

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      5 years ago

      They are excellent gifts. I'll keep these for father day. Also, Amazon has a wish list service. You can create a free one and then your friends and family can have the gift of your choice sent to you. It's a cool service. Scott-e-vest: have you seen those? This is a bigger ticket item, but who doesn't like a vest that can fit everything into the pockets, so when you go on walks and trips you don't have to carry anything. I mean absolutely everything can fit into a scott-e-vest. I bought my dad one. Google and check it out.


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