Homeschooling 101

In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis another crisis has arisen for parents who now have children staying home due to school closures.  Many parents are struggling to find ways to keep their children occupied with school work and activities. The following are some tips for parents who are either working from home or the stay – at – home spouses who need to fill in time.

For the stay at home parents that remember having a kid-free morning and afternoon, we present the following advice to help you get through your day;

  • Use their school routine as a framework for the day. Start with breakfast per usual and set aside lunch and snacks so that they’re already done when they come to you saying that they’re hungry
  • Help them in doing their school work in the morning when they have the most energy, remember that they are not being bothered by other students or unnecessary distractions so they can focus and potentially finish assignments faster
  • Do not skip out on recess or breaks (this is when they can use their phones or watch T.V.), for your sake and theirs
  • Break up the monotony of school work and have them help you cook dinner, take this opportunity to show them measurements, heating temperatures for foods and how to operate and clean appliances

For the parents that have to work from home during this time, allow them to treat their school work like a job. When you are working, they work, and when you take your break then so will they. If they need help with their work, have them mark the question and during your next available break you will show them how to solve the problem. For smaller children that do not go to school, educational resources and videos are offered online.

We hope these tips allow you to have a more planned and executed day and remember to practice proper hand washing for a healthy a safe homeschooling.

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Dog Bite Prevention Week

Today barks the beginning of National Dog Bite Prevention Week in which we aim to educate people with simple ways on avoiding a bad encounter with these furry friends. We all know dogs are loving, loyal, protective animals but they also need to be taken care of and respected. Our main goal is to make sure we can all give some good belly scratches with no rough play necessary.

Here are a few ways to prevent negative encounters:

  • Be respectful of every dog, always ask if you can pet some else’s dog
  • Let a dog sniff you first, it’s their way of ensuring you’re a human who wants to pet them and not a threatening predator
  • Never disturb a dog when they are eating, sleeping, chewing on a toy or nurturing their little ones
  • Keep an eye on small children, teach them proper ways to approach and pet any dog
  • If you notice aggressive behavior, keep your distance
  • Always have your dog on a leash, even if he’s a good boy

If you are the owner, remember to take your furry friend to regular check-ups.

These tips were found on AmericanHumane.org, check them out for more information.

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Stay at Home Bingo!

Below is our challenge for you to complete and share with us on Instagram and/or Facebook. 

Visit our social media platforms to screen shot our bingo table and challenge your family to successfully complete a row of task in any direction.

Once accomplished, share it on your 24-hour story and tag Western Mutual and we will repost it on our page as a token of appreciation for doing your part on social-distancing.

We look forward to seeing everyone participate and hope this helps you pass the time this weekend with your loved ones.

#AloneTogether

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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

100-yards, 300 feet or the length of a football field, is the distance one can travel without looking at the road because they were distracted on their cellphone. On a typical day, more than 700 people are critically injured due to distracted driving.

Talking or texting on a phone – even if it’s hands-free – diverts attention away from the road and the potential to save a life.  Many companies have started campaigns asking people to take a pledge and commit to making our roads safer for everyone. We invite you to join us in a commitment to drive with no distractions, because all it takes is 100-yards, 300 feet or the length of a football field.

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Understanding Your Homeowners Policy

Purchasing a home is a big deal and can be a bit overwhelming. More so, all the paperwork and details that go into buying your forever home. We want to make sure that understanding your coverage is a simple as possible.

Our responsibility is to provide protection against perils such as fire, theft, vandalism, windstorm and hailstorm among others. We also provide earthquake and flood insurance which are separate policies that can be purchased.

The purpose of home insurance is the security of knowing that your home will be rebuilt/repaired if damaged by one of the covered perils.

Each property is reviewed and assessed carefully, which has earned us an A+ rating with AM Best which reviews insurance companies for excellence in service and coverage.

While you make it your forever home, we’ll take care of protecting it.

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Weekend Ideas

The weekend is here and not too sure what to do?

Here are a few ideas that are sure to make you feel content with your days off;

  1. Curl up and read a book! Return to an old favorite or start a new one.  Let us know your favorite!
  2. Turn on some music and plan for some spring cleaning. Check out our earlier blog with some Spring Cleaning Tips.
  3. Plan a virtual hangout with some friends! Use skype or facetime with a close friend or family member to check in and connect!

Remember we are all #AloneTogether!

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