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Come On Retail Stores. Time To Step Up! Personal Phones And Working Just Don’t Mix!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Everyone has some pet peeves and yes, I am no different. A few weeks ago I went into three different retail stores and being a guy and being me, I needed help in two of them. Both times I walked to customer service, both of the people I asked were on their personal phones. They were either checking messages, texting or sending an email. I get how emergencies can happen but I must say that it bothers me that everyone checks their phone while they are working. If your personal life is so important then don’t work! If you can wait until your break to check Facebook, then beg your parents to increase or give you an allowance.

As a customer (who usually is in a store with 3 kids) I really want to get in and out. We needed to ask for assistance and not feel like we were interrupting them from checking their phone.

  • Am I wrong?
  • Is this a problem in your mind?
  • Do you notice this as well?
  • When was the last time you went into a store and didn’t see a phone sticking out of a back pocket of someone who works there?
  • I assume retail stores have policies – do they just not enforce them?

I look forward to reading your comments.

You Like To Play What With Your Kids?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Often I find myself looking for activities to do with the kids. They range from a board game like Blokus, a fun and fast paced strategic game, to raft races in the pool. My daughter gets an advantage and always has to get across the pool while everyone else has to go the length of the pool.

The new game I introduced to the family is….. drum roll please…… Four Square…… yes, the old game most of us played in elementary school. I must tell you; I have no idea if we are playing the right way, but WE ARE HAVING A TON of fun! The kids love it and can’t wait to play in the 100+ degree temperature in the great state of Texas.

  • Have you ever played four square?
  • What family games do you play outdoors with your kids?
  • What games would you recommend that I should play next?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time For My Kids To Do Their Part…

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The tornadoes In Oklahoma last month were horrible, sad and a terrible loss of life. I was trying to think of how we could help. AS mentioned that her daughter’s school was collecting food and clothing and shipping it up to Moore, Oklahoma. I thought about going into the pantry and the kids’ closets to donate things but then thought of a different idea and one that I hoped had a little more impact on them.

I gave each of my kids a budget of $10 and went shopping in a dollar store. I said the only rule was that they had to spend all of the money but couldn’t go over. They could spend it all on one item or as many as you could get for the $10.00.

The experience was so much better than I had hoped. They really took their time and bought items like water, soup and macaroni & cheese. Every time they would put an item in the basket, I would ask them why they picked the item. It was amazing – they had logic as to the reason and actually needed to use math to keep track of how much they spent. In addition, my daughter went over her budget by $0.70 and her brother gave her the money out of his $10.00.

Great teamwork! I couldn’t be more proud of my kids! It was the best $30.00 I have ever spent in my life. What a great bonding experience.

I know that so many of you give in so many ways.

  • Have you done something similar with your kids?

I really look forward to reading your comments.