April 20, 2011
Meeting up with a family that has small children at a restaurant is not the best way to spend quality time as the parents usually end up spending more time tending to the children and all their needs instead of engaging with their dinner party. Family friendly events that include simple opportunities like discounted family time at a zoo or an event complete with Crayola crayons can go over well.
On a personal note, one of the best was to connect with this family is to have them over to your house for a meal; baby proof ahead of time if necessary, but give the kids and the parents a safe place to be, where toys can be strewn and diapers can be changed, and where sippy cups will get lost and kids can not be too confined. This is why Grandma's house is so popular. Kids know they are loved and welcome, and parents know that there is an immediate understanding that kids will be kids. Have the understanding with her today and don't be offended if she doesn't acknowledge the gesture immediately, as her 4 year old has gum in her hair and 3 year old "has to go potty right now!"
She Buzz Words:
Right now she could be:
- Booking a trip
- Clipping coupons
- Returning library books
- Walking to the bus
She could be a:
- Neonatal nurse
- Personal shopping
- Rental car agent
She could be working at a:
- Rental car agency
- Online store
- Roadside stand
"When a mechanic gives you a list of items that need to be done totally four-thousand dollars, when all you thought was needed is an oil change, it's time to get a second opinion."
She phone starter
Are car dealerships and maintenance shops an uncomfortable place for her?
Her grocery bill is increasing weekly. Here are some tips to get the most bang for her buck:
- Pre-bagged onions, oranges, and potatoes are cheaper than bought separately.
- Frozen fish is cheaper than fresh (which was probably previously frozen anyway).
- Buy in bulk (just do it).
- Paper and cleaning products are cheaper other places.
- Figure out the products cost per unit, which is listed on the shelf sticker right next to the price.
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