Written by Chris as a part of the We’re Dads Too series
Back in August 2014, a tragic event occurred that had a profound impact on my family, particularly my wife. My sister-in-law who lived in Northeast Ohio passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. As we were grieving the loss of a loved one, we were also preparing to send my son Chris on a five country “technology detox” service program where his mission would be to help people using his hands and heart rather than a keyboard and mouse. Chris had been asked to take a year off from college as the result of his gaming addiction.
As we underwent this difficult time in our lives, I really wanted to bring my wife back to Ohio, where she grew up, so she could be closer to her family. By coincidence, I received a phone call in September 2014 asking if I was interested in interviewing for the President and CEO position at Step2 in Streetsboro, Ohio. I decided to look into the company, spoke to a number of employees and interviewed with what seemed like a hundred people over a span of four months.
During the interviewing process, I fell in love with the culture and potential I saw at Step2. This company is like a family and it’s our goal to bring families together to play, laugh and enjoy childhood. Driving more social engagement and interaction between parents and kids is important to me. This hits home personally as I know I sometimes lose my son’s attention. However, I have faith my son will learn from his service program and reach his potential, just like I will learn and grow with the employees of Step2 and what it means to them to serve excellent products and services to parents and children.
My family and team members at Step2 motivate me each day to have a positive impact on families across the globe and I’m excited for the journey ahead.
Chris is the CEO and President at Step2. His most important roles also include being a husband and loving father of two. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. Chris is a big sports fan and active in community service.
Blarney, the luckiest and greenest day of the year is almost here and there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your little ones. Take a look at these five family friendly activities you and your kids can do to embrace the luck of the Irish.
- Dress green: In honor of this festive day, you and your family can wear green hats, shirts, pants and shoes. Whatever clothing you have that is green, wear it! It’ll put you right in the spirit for the next activity.
- Parade: Now that you’re covered from head to toe in green, go to your local St. Patrick’s Day parade! At these parades you’ll see Irish flags and other people dressed in all green.
- Crafts: Draw with green markers and pencils, create rainbows out of fruit loops and make your own lucky pot of gold. With the help of some clever blogs, we created a list of crafts that are fun and easy for your kiddos to make.
- Decorate: You can decorate your home with beautiful crafts you and your tots designed and you can even dress up your children’s toys! We turned our visual safety sign into a leprechaun.
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- Eat green: Parents, St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to try to get your kids to eat some fruits and veggies. Gather up all the green food in your house, Granny Smith apples, broccoli, green beans, cucumbers, kiwi, celery; the list goes on and on! Encourage children to eat these foods because the more green food they eat, the luckier they will be, especially on this holiday.
What plans do you and your kids have for St. Patrick’s Day?
Today is National Hugging Day, what a loving holiday for all to celebrate! Adults and children alike can enjoy the embrace of a nice warm hug. Wrapping your arms around someone can be a way to greet others or show them you care. Either way, giving hugs can make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. You and your little one can celebrate this adorable holiday with big bear hugs and cuddling! Besides embracing one another on this heartfelt day, did you know hugging is healthy for you? Here are five reasons to hug:
- Hugs reduce worries and fears, according to the Association for Psychological Science.
- Studies show that, hugs are a natural stress reliever.
- According to an experiment from Emory University, babies that are hugged a lot become less stressed adults.
- Hugs help comfort loved ones when they’re sad.
- The best benefit of all is hugs are proven to make people happier!
Who are you going to hug during this affectionate holiday?