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Old 04-26-2013, 07:04 PM   #21
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I appreciate all the good advice. My family is terrible at communication ..... a trait I have inherited .... so nobody ever knows how anyone feels ....... he's just driving me nuts

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:12 PM   #22
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I think we are all assuming that your father is of decent health, both physically and mentally. Other than the wear and tear of a lifetime of cig. smoking does your father seem to be healthy!

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Well he eats bad. Drinks daily and forgets a lot ....... other than that

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Family businesses can be very rewarding and a living hell at times!

I actually started a Heating/Cooling business when I was 24 years old and a year later Dad joined in as a 50/50 partner. We had worked together in the past for the same employer,I started working summers when I was 14 years old where Dad worked.

There were a lot of strains through the 21 years we worked together in our business. I was more business orientated,so naturally I was the estimator,billing,accounts payable,phone secretary,and measured and lined out every job for those 21 years. He was much more relaxed than I,sometimes even the I don't give a F*^# attitude?? and at the same time telling me I was too particular and tried too hard??....So yeah lots of stress!!

What we did to maintain our Father Son relationship through all of those years? We did a lot of hunting,fishing,shooting together like we always did way before the business.
My little bit of advice try to find something you both enjoy doing and while doing that leave the work at the work place for those times,it really helped us through the years.

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A good friend of mine became the "And Son" in his Dads Electrician business years ago. Dad was a jokester, a bit dangerous and condescending as hell. It didnt work, just created a lot of hard feelings between them, after a few years of being "And Son", my friend called it quits and moved to Georgia, it was the only way he could escape. Dad never allowed him to be the active partner only the subservient "And Son". Dads business didnt go well after Son moved on and he took to doing contract substation maint to fill in the $$$ gaps about a year before he was to retire his business; Sadly, he made a single fatal error while working on an energized Hi-V feed and that was it, no more Dad.

Strangely, leaving the business may have saved my friends life because his Dad never was a Safety first kinda guy. Unless your soon to be the HFMIC, it might behoove you to take your Journeyman's and head out on your own! I hope you can work out something that is good for you and your Dad and maintain the family ties at the very least, jobs are replaceable, Dads are not...

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