Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lunch Bag Let Down

It's back to school time. If you have children in elementary school who stay at the school for lunch, you have likely had at least on lunch bag go missing.

Today's tip is so simple and often repeated it will soon be wearing as thin as the nylon on my own favourite lunch bag. But it works:
Write your child's name on the Outside of the lunch bag.
Even if your own son or daughter can't remember to pick it up or doesn't notice it got left behind, chances are pretty good someone else will and the bag will make it back to the owner.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The (Dis) Organized Teenager - 2 Planning & Anticipation

Just like the rest of us teenagers need to be able to anticipate the next step in theirs lives if they are expected to be prepared.

Avoid changing plans too quickly without giving your teenager time to shift gears. Help them use their agenda, day planner to other organizer to keep track of their upcoming activities, obligations and events. If you have to change/make new family plans, try and give them warning and give them the courtesy of asking what impact these changes/plans will have on their existing schedule.

This approach will assist your teen in learning to anticipate, plan and be prepare for whatever is coming down the pipe.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Client Questions - What do I do with this fondu pot?

We all have dishes, pots and perhaps many other items in our homes that we used seldom if ever. In this case, the client rarely if ever served fondu and now that her children were away at university, it seemed even less likely she would ever use it. The client was not interested in a garage sale and the pot contained enough sentimental value, that she wanted to find a new home where it would be used.

Sound familiar?

A helpful approach to shedding these objects is to ask yourself a) how often do I use it? b) how easily can I replace it or borrow another one if and when I do need it.

Ask around family or friends to see if anyone else would like a fondu pot or if they have family heading off to university or setting up a home that might like one. If they already have one, ask if you could borrow it from time to time.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Client Questions - How do I recycle my old eyeglasses?

This question came from a client who had just replaced her glasses. She was eager to see her old glasses put to good use.

Most reputable opticians (in Canada) collect their client's unwanted eye glasses to send to communities overseas for use by individuals who otherwise would not have access to eye glasses. Ask your optician directly if they participate in such a program or for redirection to another optical store that does.