Hello, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! As many of you are aware, last week MVP Generation Go’s ambassadors and I shared some of the different ways that we manage our time and set goals! To check out what our ambassadors at MVP Generation Go are talking about, go to the following web addresses:
I talked to Cathy Tucker, CFP in depth about managing time and setting goals for you and your family. We discussed how important it is to set goals at a young age because doing so will then become a lifelong habit, making your life easier and more organized. We wanted to leave our conversation with a question about which each one of you could think. Here is Cathy’s question: “The recent news of the uncertainty of the U.S. and world economies has caused increased anxiety. What are you doing to manage and improve your personal financial economy and plan for your children?” Catherine L. Tucker, CFP: Robert Good and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
In response, our $50 VISA Gift Card winner, Jane Phillips, provided us with a list of different ways that she plans:
“Our family of five typically carries out assigned chores for our farm. Everyone gets assigned a day. We work hard on our farm, though there are times when we don’t really want to do so! Sometimes, we will trade our days depending on the day’s schedule of activities/errands. I encourage lots of teamwork, respect, problem solving, decision-making, and cooperation. I’m basically the family coach! I believe that an old-fashioned work ethic and family values will hold a family, as will as a nation, together. We thrive on one income with my occasional side job supplementation. The kids have been self-motivated mini-entrepreneurs with selling veggies and flowers and we have plans to participate in the local farmer’s market come spring 2012. We borrow kayaks as well as swim, fish, and boat locally; with the geographic region we live in, this is not too challenging. We plan our trips for errands in order to conserve gas. We borrow movies from the library, visit thrift shops, and take advantage of free concerts and other community activities. We get lots of exercise without the aid of fancy machines or devices. Who wants them sitting in our basement collecting dust anyway? We encourage our kids to respect what they do have, even though this is challenging in a me-me-me, materialistic society with all the media and social bombardment. Back to basics is our goal. No credit cards, no fancy-schmancy latest gadgets…just takin’ the time to enjoy what we’ve got, and when you think about it, that’s quite a lot!”
Thanks, Jane, for participating and sharing your thoughts!
This week, as our eight week project with MVP Generation Go comes to an end, we want to discuss the many different themes of “going back to school,” such as bus safety, back packs & school supplies, physicians, bullying, making friends, etc. We want you to share your thoughts about some of these topics and any others that you think are relevant! Your children are probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is almost over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school building. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while. Here are some tips to ensure your child will have a fantastic school year:
- Make sure they get to bed at an appropriate time and get enough sleep.
- Provide a healthy breakfast.
- Encourage your child to try his or her best.
- If an agenda book is not provided by the school, buy one and encourage your child to use good work habits, like writing down assignments and turning in homework on time.
- Talk with your child about his or her school work. If the child doesn’t understand something, encourage him or her to ask the teacher, and always remind your child that you are there to help as well!
So with that being said, here is what you have to do for your chance to win a $50 VISA Gift Card from Kids Fun Plaza this week! I want to know YOUR most effective ways of sending your child back to school after summer vacation. How are you able to make his or her first days special and how do you teach your children how to cope with different circumstances that may arise?
- Add your answer in response to this (Kids Fun Plaza) post.
- Like the MVP Generation Go fan page and add your tips (with a link to your blog entry).
- Tweet your response (with a link to your answer) with #GenerationGo and #BackToSchool.
The best of luck to each one of you! Enjoy this exciting week with MVP Generation Go. I am so excited to read all of your tips! Keep an eye on the MVP Generation Go Facebook fan page every day to read the MVP Generation Go ambassadors’ posts, along with their advice. We’ll be using the #GenerationGo and #BackToSchool hashtags on Twitter. Needless to say, don’t forget to share some love by liking the new page and following @MVPGenerationGo. I promise the best tips to keep your family healthy in a fun and safe way! Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Disclosure: MVP Health Care has provided us with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinion is always my own.