Ward Cleaver had it easy. The TV dad didn't work overtime or spend his weekends with a chore list. And his kids? Beaver never gave him any trouble that a stern look couldn't curb.
Most modern fathers have a much busier day. Many dads work, help with household chores and find time to coach Little League. This Father's Day, give Dad a break with products meant to make his life Ward Cleaver easy.
Best Buy stores.
Cruising the Internet is filled with roadblocks. At dozens of his favorite sites, Dad has to remember his user ID, password, secret question and answer to the secret question. Help Dad keep his Internet visits straight with the Internet Notes Journal. This 138-page journal organizes favorite Web sites, passwords, e-mail addresses and online shopping. $8 at galison.com or call 800-670-7441.
Help Dad scratch one more chore off his to-do list. The Dirt Dog by iRobot cleans up the workroom or garage while Dad takes it easy. (Think Roomba but for workrooms.) Dirt Dog uses high-power brushes to pick up dirt, debris and small bolts and nuts. $129.99 at irobot.com.
Losing a cell phone can be an annoying experience. Especially if Dad has dozens of phone numbers stored in the address book. Help Dad avoid a digital disaster with CellStik, a cordless way to back up your cell's phone book. CellStik also lets users edit, enter or transfer phone contacts. Suggested retail $40, available at Office Depot stores.
A fanny pack is so '80s. Give Dad a modern way to keep his valuables close. The Hands Free Travel Belt looks more like a tool belt and has two deep pockets. The canvas belt can expand to 48 inches and closes with a manly metal buckle. Available in three colors; $17 at pb-travel.com.