This post is sponsored by LiftMaster®.
The older I get, the more I realize that my job (and right) as a father is to worry. My daughters are riding scooters in the driveway? I’m worried. My wife left her friend’s house 40 minutes ago, and it’s a 35-minute drive? I’m worried. We’re on vacation, and nobody is at our home? I’m worried — and having no fun on vacation.
You may recall we installed the LiftMaster Secure View Smart Garage Door Opener last year (you can read about that here), and it’s become a serious part of our lives in our home. Not only can I open and close the garage doors with the myQ app, I can also stream video and carry on 2-way conversation with anyone I see. I’ve used it to check on my daughters as they play in the driveway, and tell them when it’s time to come in. Plus, it enables Key by Amazon for secure and convenient In-Garage Delivery of groceries and Amazon packages (check availability).
All I want for Father’s Day is fewer worries. Not no worries, because I’ll always worry about my daughters and wife and things of importance — zero worries just isn’t realistic and achieving it would more be a sign that I don’t care about anything. But if I can get fewer worries? Goodness, that sounds nice.
I’ve talked at length about connectivity and automation in this house. Cameras, timers, security systems — all of it. But the garage is an area we’ve also taken control of, and it’s helped lift a handful of worries from my shoulders.
The garage is a hub. It’s more than just a place you park your cars – it’s a place where you keep tools, sports equipment, and toys. It’s a bustling point of entry to your home, with cars, bikes, and people coming and going daily. The Secure View’s built-in camera adds streaming video, recorded events, motion detection and 2-way communication to the myQ app so you can see what’s happening and ensure the family and prized possessions are safe and secure.
I’ve used it to let in the UPS person so they can put our packages inside instead of setting them by the front door where they’re easily taken. I’ve let in landscapers to adjust the sprinklers, contractors to access the home, neighbors to borrow tools, and family to check on the home while we were out of town. Because there’s a video function with two-way audio, I can even talk to a landscaper to let them know where a valve is or thank the delivery guy in real time. There’s a peace of mind and convenience that having a built-in camera on our garage door opener really affords.
Father’s Day is often about more. More ties. More t-shirts. More socks, and the sandals that go with them. How about this year we mix it up and give our dads “fewer” gifts? As in, fewer worries and fewer missed deliveries. That’s all I want, and that’s all your dad/husband wants. And maybe a second gift could be your feigned excitement when he repeatedly shows you all the cool things he can do with his new LiftMaster Secure View Smart Garage Door Opener. Because I know he’ll appreciate both.