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Teri’s Tips: Family: I’m a "Taxi Mom"

When our kids were little, we often heard, “Just wait til he becomes a teen-ager!”. I don’t think that’s a nice thing to say. All ages have their challenges, as well as their own unique treasures.

I find that teen-agers are hilarious. Their wit is so quick. They love to laugh. They are almost adults in so many ways. And yet, they’re still little kids.

I feel it’s important to stay as connected as I can. But that can’t always be an easy task, when it’s only natural for them to start to pull away. So…

Whenever possible, I volunteer to drive my son and his friends for their little outings. I started doing this when they were old enough to venture out around town alone. We live in a small town, so our kids started making little day trips at about 11 years old, to the movies, the bowling alley, or where-ever the group wanted to go. They get their license at sixteen. So I have about seven years as “Taxi Mom” with each child. Mine are seven years apart. So my Taxi Mom years will be a total of fourteen years!

Being the “Taxi Mom” is how I find out what is going on. My ears are open to their conversations. I learn a lot about who they all are. Most of it is just silly fun stuff, but If  I hear something disturbing or questionable from my son, or one of my son’s friends, I wait until we are alone. And I will casually ask, “What did you think about what Sam said yesterday in the car?” I may then follow up with, “How does that make you feel?” Or “Do you think that’s appropriate?” My goal is to listen, and hopefully help him to draw his own conclusions. By now, I have already instilled our family values at a younger age. So hopefully, this is the direction he will go.

Being a Taxi Mom can be tiring and time consuming. But it’s an investment in my son’s future. After I went through it with my oldest son, I realized that they grow up fast, and those days are passing quickly. So now I see it as a great opportunity to “hang out” with them. I try not to become one of them, as that’s not what they want, nor would that be appropriate. I am the “Mom” and that’s what I should be. Ever so often, I may make a nice comment, or tease with them a little. But for the most part, I’m just a fly on the wall. They seem to like it that way. And I’ve got my antennas out! Being the Taxi Mom is really actually a blessing.


 

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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 31 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Household: Spot Treatment – On the Spot!

I carry those great little “Shout” wipes in my purse, so I can get to spots right away. They’re normally 2.49 a package, but of course, I just got some for 24 cents! I love The Grocery Game!

But then, I’m not always with my boys when they get a spot. And it’s not “macho” to carry “Shout” wipes.

The worst thing is a stain that has set in. It’s especially frustrating when my boys have a spot that sits in the laundry basket for days. Sometimes, by the time I find it, it’s really too late.

So…

The next best thing is to treat it with spot treatment as soon as possible. We keep a bottle of spot treatment inside each laundry basket, just sitting right on top of the clothes. They’re normally about 3.29. Of course, we pay only about 99 cents. So I “stockpile” them, and put one in each of our 4 baskets.

When my boys go to put something in the basket, they have to remove the spot cleaner first, which reminds them, “Gee, do I have any spots that need treatment?” It’s not fool-proof, but it’s a step in the right direction!

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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 31 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Household: Clean Stove Top

I have a gas stove with “reflector bowls”. They’re supposed to catch all the spills, but they are hard to keep clean!

I find that after I clean them, I can put a protective coating on them to make clean up easier next time. Just a wipe with a paper towel and a little oil, or non-stick spray, does the job. All I leave is a little residue. I can’t even tell it’s there. But it’s just enough to make clean up a lot easier next time.

(More Household Tips below)


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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 31 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Family: I’m a "Taxi Mom"

When our kids were little, we often heard, “Just wait til he becomes a teen-ager!”. I don’t think that’s a nice thing to say. All ages have their challenges, as well as their own unique treasures.

I find that teen-agers are hilarious. Their wit is so quick. They love to laugh. They are almost adults in so many ways. And yet, they’re still little kids.

I feel it’s important to stay as connected as I can. But that can’t always be an easy task, when it’s only natural for them to start to pull away. So…

Whenever possible, I volunteer to drive my son and his friends for their little outings. I started doing this when they were old enough to venture out around town alone. We live in a small town, so our kids started making little day trips at about 11 years old, to the movies, the bowling alley, or where-ever the group wanted to go. They get their license at sixteen. So I have about seven years as “Taxi Mom” with each child. Mine are seven years apart. So my Taxi Mom years will be a total of fourteen years!

Being the “Taxi Mom” is how I find out what is going on. My ears are open to their conversations. I learn a lot about who they all are. Most of it is just silly fun stuff, but If  I hear something disturbing or questionable from my son, or one of my son’s friends, I wait until we are alone. And I will casually ask, “What did you think about what Sam said yesterday in the car?” I may then follow up with, “How does that make you feel?” Or “Do you think that’s appropriate?” My goal is to listen, and hopefully help him to draw his own conclusions. By now, I have already instilled our family values at a younger age. So hopefully, this is the direction he will go.

Being a Taxi Mom can be tiring and time consuming. But it’s an investment in my son’s future. After I went through it with my oldest son, I realized that they grow up fast, and those days are passing quickly. So now I see it as a great opportunity to “hang out” with them. I try not to become one of them, as that’s not what they want, nor would that be appropriate. I am the “Mom” and that’s what I should be. Ever so often, I may make a nice comment, or tease with them a little. But for the most part, I’m just a fly on the wall. They seem to like it that way. And I’ve got my antennas out! Being the Taxi Mom is really actually a blessing.


 

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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 3

Let’s talk about the cure for #1… You’re bored! Maybe you dread going to the gym. It’s not interesting. It’s just a room full of people and machines and loud music. Now you know how I feel about the gym! Yet I subjected myself to it sporadically (reason #3), for years. Some people love the gym. We’re all different. And we all have different needs. I need to be outdoors. I love being outdoors. So when I have a choice, I exercise outdoors. That option changes with weather and my business travels. So I still end up in the gym sometimes. But even that brings “variety”. But the advantage now is that I have developed a love for exercise, so I can make it through those less desirable work-out scenarios.

What do you enjoy doing?

Walking… Running… Biking… Dancing?

The most popular choice for those of us who need to get started in a good cardio-vascular exercise program is walking. Walking is a very healthful and enjoyable form of exercise. I walk in the hills in my neighborhood. For variety’s sake, I take different routes. Sometimes, I drive my car to a park, or another neighborhood. I will not let myself get bored. I open my ears to the birds. I look up at the trees, and listen for the wind to blow in the trees. I watch for different kinds of birds, squirrels, rabbits, even raccoons, and possums. I usually only see possums and raccoons early in the morning, or at dawn or dusk. If my schedule is pressed and I have to start real early in the morning, or walk in the evening, I may see different critters! Again, I’m getting variety!

My husband and I often walk together. If we can walk in the evening, we may see raccoons, possums, or even an occasional deer. We also enjoy listening to the coyote calls. Ever so often, we see them.

The bottom line is that I don’t let myself get bored. I have chosen varied locations with lots of different things to see and hear.

I encourage you. Go ahead and start walking today. There’s more. Stay with me…

See “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 4” – link below

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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  • Teri Gault
  • October, 30 2004
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Teri’s Tips: Health: Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 3

Let’s talk about the cure for #1… You’re bored! Maybe you dread going to the gym. It’s not interesting. It’s just a room full of people and machines and loud music. Now you know how I feel about the gym! Yet I subjected myself to it sporadically (reason #3), for years. Some people love the gym. We’re all different. And we all have different needs. I need to be outdoors. I love being outdoors. So when I have a choice, I exercise outdoors. That option changes with weather and my business travels. So I still end up in the gym sometimes. But even that brings “variety”. But the advantage now is that I have developed a love for exercise, so I can make it through those less desirable work-out scenarios.

What do you enjoy doing?

Walking… Running… Biking… Dancing?

The most popular choice for those of us who need to get started in a good cardio-vascular exercise program is walking. Walking is a very healthful and enjoyable form of exercise. I walk in the hills in my neighborhood. For variety’s sake, I take different routes. Sometimes, I drive my car to a park, or another neighborhood. I will not let myself get bored. I open my ears to the birds. I look up at the trees, and listen for the wind to blow in the trees. I watch for different kinds of birds, squirrels, rabbits, even raccoons, and possums. I usually only see possums and raccoons early in the morning, or at dawn or dusk. If my schedule is pressed and I have to start real early in the morning, or walk in the evening, I may see different critters! Again, I’m getting variety!

My husband and I often walk together. If we can walk in the evening, we may see raccoons, possums, or even an occasional deer. We also enjoy listening to the coyote calls. Ever so often, we see them.

The bottom line is that I don’t let myself get bored. I have chosen varied locations with lots of different things to see and hear.

I encourage you. Go ahead and start walking today. There’s more. Stay with me…

See “Teri Talk / Exercise Break-down – Part 4” – link below

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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