This is both an interesting and startling statistic, especially because it seems like such an easy way to interact with your family, after all, every one of us needs to eat dinner! On weekdays after school and work, most kids and parents are pooped. Children usually have homework to complete and parents have two things on their minds--unwind from the day and provide dinner for the family. With the demands of school and work on all families, this routine, while necessary, can lead to rifts between parents and their children. Children who spend evenings in their rooms doing homework, chatting on the internet with friends, watching television, and playing video games are increasingly separated from their parents. While all children grow up and consequently spend less and less time with their parents, it is up to parents to take the initiative and get involved in their children's lives while they still can.
Do your family a favor and set a few days in the week aside to get your family together and share a healthy meal together. This may seem difficult, especially when parents are sometimes occupied with after work errands of all types. Coupled with homework, everything from soccer practice to parent teacher conferences to shopping can keep everyone in a family from eating dinner at the same time. My advice is to create a monthly calendar that outlines evening plans for the entire family and post it on the fridge. Leave space so that you or your children can add events as needed, and make it a habit to check the calendar often. This allows everyone in your family to see which nights are family dinner nights and which nights they can eat dinner at a friend's house or stay later at school.
At a time when many of us are constantly connected by email, the internet, and cell phones, it is easy to stay in touch with people, but harder to stay connected. These days some parents are getting their six and seven year old children cell phones, and while this is not entirely a bad thing, we must also be aware that the epidemic of disconnectedness occurs within families as well. An easy way to remedy this problem is regular family dinners. Not only do you ensure that your children are eating healthily, but it is a simple way to spend time them as well.
Now that you have your children in front of you, turn off the television and engage in a conversation. Ask them about their day and be open to what they have to say, you'll probably be surprised at how much they reveal. As a result, a bond of trust is strengthened and your children will view you as a sounding board, an advisor, a friend, and a loving parent. These qualities are present in all of us, and it is up to us parents to ensure that communication lines stay open and that our families are strong enough to weather the worst of storms.
Go Green - Save Green this Memorial Day Weekend
Everywhere you look, everyone seems to be "Going Green." By using eco-friendly alternatives to the products you use everyday, you can easily contribute to the effort to take better care of our planet and save some money along the way. With summer vacation just around the corner, most of us are expecting to crank up the AC for a few months. Energy efficient products can save you money on your monthly electric bill and on Memorial Day Weekend the Texas Government is offering you an opportunity to squeeze more out of your dollar. From May 24th to 26th there will be no sales tax on Energy Star items.
Included in the tax -free weekend are Energy Star labeled air conditioners (under $6,000), clothes washers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, light bulbs, programmable thermostats, and refrigerators (under $2,000). Energy Star does not label clothes dryers, since they all use similar amounts of energy and those purchases will be taxed.
If you already have an exempt item on layaway, you can reap the benefits of the holiday by making the final payment on your item during the holiday weekend. If you plan to put an item on layaway place your order during the weekend to benefit.
An added bonus is that you don’t need to leave your house to participate. Internet and catalog orders are included in the tax holiday so long as you pay for the item and order it for immediate delivery. However the item does not need to be delivered during the exemption period.
Additionally, the tax break is all-inclusive. Charges for delivery, shipment, handling, transportation, and some installation charges connected to the sale of the qualifying item will also be exempt from sales tax.
So save some money and start the summer break on the right foot by giving your wallet, and Mother Nature, a break!
Senator Uresti and the Blue Ribbon Task Force Announce a New Honorary Chair and Extend Child Abuse Prevention Billboard Campaign
San Antonio, TX -- On Thursday, Senator Carlos Uresti and the Blue Ribbon Task Force introduced a new honorary chair to the task force—George "The Iceman" Gervin.
"We are honored to have George Gervin on our team. Mr. Gervin is well known for his community involvement in San Antonio and I am proud that he has added our message to his list of causes," said Senator Uresti. "Child abuse and neglect is an extremely serious issue, and we are happy to have leaders like Mr. Gervin willing to speak up about awareness and prevention."
Gervin will join other dignitaries and elected officials on the executive committee of the Blue Ribbon Task Force just in time for several community events in San Antonio, including KidsDay at the Park, Taking it to the Streets, and Blue Sunday -- the annual Blue Ribbon Task Force day for children.
"The message of the Blue Ribbon Task Force is one that I firmly stand behind and one that I think the community of San Antonio needs to hear," said Gervin. " As a former Spur, I know from experience how important teamwork is. It is only when community leaders and organizations come together that we can set an example and send a message that resonates with people. That being said, I hope to advance the goal of the Blue Ribbon Task Force through my own youth centers."
In addition to welcoming Gervin to the task force, Senator Uresti also announced that the Blue Ribbon Task Force, along with ongoing support from Clear Channel Outdoor, will extend its child abuse prevention billboard campaign.
"I believe the extension of the Blue Ribbon Task Force's billboard campaign is vital to the community of San Antonio. Clear Channel Outdoor continues to provide an unwavering support for a message that needs to be spread -- the message of child abuse prevention," said Senator Uresti.
The campaign, which has been seen on billboards and posters throughout San Antonio, has drawn new designs from University of Texas students. The primary prevention message of the campaign aims to help parents deal with root cause issues that can lead to child abuse and neglect.
Senator Uresti is the founder and chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a local coalition of community members. For more information, visit www.blueribbontaskforce.com.
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