Father's DayOne of the remarkable things about fathers is that most of them are true believers. Jim Valvano once said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Like his father, other dads act to build a strong foundation for their children that will help them grow into outstanding human beings. Sons and daughters, first when young and later after having children of their own, realize what an impact that belief in them had. Since many children experience father love in relation to their accomplishments, a sense of self-worth comes from these interactions.

During this Father’s Day weekend take a few minutes to think about how your father has impacted your life. If you are able, reach out and let him know what he means to you. If you, like Valvano, know his belief in you has strengthened your character, tell him because that will be so much more meaningful than a card or a tie.

Fathers (and mothers more recently) also provide for the financial futures of their children. Many parents set up college funds, create savings accounts or engage in some other investment for the future of their children. Others teach their offspring to save from an early age and create sound financial habits. However, it may be difficult with all their parental duties and their daily work, for parents to manage their own investments. That’s where a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) can help.

All of us at Les Merritt wish all the dads out there a happy Father’s Day This is the perfect occasion to spend time with family and friends. Count the blessings your fathers have brought you, their true belief and hard work to provide for you in many ways.

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