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Teachable Moment With Kids: Needs vs Wants

My kids and I have a lot of bonding moments at home, especially now that we are in the second year of this pandemic. They have seen its effects, the limitations, and the people that have been due to the virus. This season is also a perfect time to teach the kids financial literacy since our business is affected during this pandemic. Since they were young, I started teaching them about money. As a parent, it is one of the primary life skills children must learn at home to manage their liquid assets properly. Even in their younger years, I let them use their piggy bank. Any coin that they get changes from the food they buy. They already keep it in their piggy banks.  But how soon must we teach our kids proper money management? As soon as my kid starts to count and recognize money and when they begin receiving monetary allowances, I should start teaching them the importance of money and how to manage it wisely. Before teaching our kids proper money management, they have to learn the diffe

Pre-Travel Tips for Staying Energized


Even though taking a vacation or even just a short turnaround trip can be full of excitement and adventure, the fact is that if you are having trouble keeping your energy levels up or beating the lingering jet lag, it can really dampen the fun for you and everyone that you are traveling with. So in the spirit of making your next vacation the best one ever, we compiled a short list of useful tips on how to keep the fires burning and engines turning the next time you hop a plane to parts unknown:

Embrace a Healthier Diet




Even though we should already be doing this anyway, if you haven’t been following the most nutritious eating regimen, now is the time to start. Eating healthy will not only make you feel better and more energized while you are awake, it will aid in the sleep process by making digestion much easier and simple, as well as providing the body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to replenish those energy reserves for the following day.

Increase Exposure to Sunlight


Adding to the amount of natural sunlight you take in does wonders for your vitality. It also helps to regulate the production of melatonin, an internally produced sleep aid. Little things like taking your lunch outside, walking or biking to a nearby destination rather than driving, or early day jogs can all greatly amplify your intake of sunshine.

Set Your Body Clock to Your Destination Time Zone

This process should start at least a week before you take off for your vacation, and even two weeks is possible. If you are going east you want to set your schedule ahead, or you are traveling west, you will want to try and set your internal clock back. You can do this by adjusting your sleep cycle a half hour at a time. Again, if you are going east, you would go to bed a half hour later and get up a half hour later. You would reverse the process if you are flying west.

What this does is not only gets your sleep schedule lined up with your vacation locale, it adjusts your entire circadian rhythm to a new daily timetable. This includes when you get hungry and take meals, when you wind down or get a second wind, as well as dozens of other biological regulatory processes.

Forget About Work


This is as important as anything else on our list. Nothing will zap your energy and enthusiasm for the adventures in store for you on vacation quite like worrying about work or stressing over an unfinished report or project. Those things will all still be waiting on you when you get back. For now, this is a time for you to focus on and enjoy the people that you are traveling with.

It is a time to be caught up in the thrill of the moment and to refresh and reset from all of those things that you need a vacation from in the first place. Don’t waste precious minutes off of what could be the trip of a lifetime by worrying about things that really don’t matter in the long run

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