Wednesday, November 08 2017 09:06

Taking Care of Others? Take Care of Yourself First...

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Over the past few years, I've written at length about attempting to stay well, especially when juggling multiple plates. My wife and I are always on-the-go, and we, like millions of other parents, are constantly trying to balance our work commitments with our family schedules. My wife works in an office that's 40 miles from home. That means time on the road each day, and that in itself can add to getting run-down, especially as colder months arrive. I work from home, but travel a few times a month means early mornings, late nights (which can become early mornings) and interacting with a ton of people that we can call "variables" (who knows what germs they harbor!). Put everything together with getting our girls to-and-from school, along with Girl Scouts (Daisies and Brownies), karate, sometimes gymnastics, ballet/tap plus all of their off-shoot playdates, and there's a lot of people we're crossing paths with. Being sick puts a damper on all of that, and making connections with others can be a tricky thing when a cold comes on. It's uncomfortable on so many levels, but a reminder that as we spend most of our lives looking out for the care of others, you can't do that when you're not taking care of yourself. It's no secret that I reach for the Zicam® at the first sign of a cold, but now there's a new tool in my arsenal: Zicam® Cold Remedy Medicated Fruit Drops.

THE ROCK FATHER - Zicam Las Vegas

Rock Father Mobile HQ: Las Vegas - Zicam® on-hand!

For me, the first sign of a cold tends to be a flutter in my throat paired with some nasal congestion. My wife often spots it before I do, flagging me to get on that. While I've long-been a fan of their Nasal Swabs, I'm loving the new Zicam® Medicated Fruit Drops. These homeopathic Drops are unusually delicious, and like other Zicam® products, when taken at the first sign of a cold, they're clinically-proven to help shorten it. After all, there is no cure for a cold, but with Zicam®, you can "get your better back™" quicker! Plus, if you're like me and love the Nasal Swabs, you can use Zicam oral and nasal products together.

THE ROCK FATHER - 3am Selfie in Las Vegas

3am Hotel Selfie - Heading back to Illinois for Trick-or-Treat

I recently had a gig in Las Vegas - one that happened to put me in the air and on the road right before Halloween. And by right before, I mean that in order to make it back home for trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, I had to plot an early morning departure from Vegas - heading for the airport around 3am. I had the Zicam® with me in my pack (as always), but it was these new Medicated Fruit Drops.  Zicam doesn't work instantly, but I know that when taken at the first sign of a cold, I can shorten it, which makes things much better for taking care of who really matters - my family.

THE ROCK DAUGHTERS - Trick-or-Treat 2017

By 1pm I was back in Illinois, roaming the neighborhood with these Trick-or-Treaters!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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