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Now that summer is upon us and you’ve got some good ideas for your kid for their first summer job, the question then becomes: are they ready for that job? It’s a lot to ask a kid to go from unemployed to employed, and all that entails. Remember your first job? Remember the freak-outs and paralyzing fear? I sure do. Before your teen heads off to work, you can get them ready with a little prep. Actually, this prep can begin long before they reach the teen years. Here’s an approach you can take to get your kid ready for their first job:
From a kid’s perspective, money is nothing short of pure magic. You go to a store, you find something you want and this money thing, whether plastic or paper, lets you bring it home. Try that with Harry Potter’s magic wand! (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work.) At some point, you’re going to want to teach your children about the value of money–though it might help to start them out after they’ve learned to count a bit. After all, money is in the numbers, right? Once you hit that stage, here are some great ways to teach your children about the value of money.
Are you a planner or procrastinator? If you have to think of the perfect answer to that question, then you’re probably a planner. If you’ll get around to answering later in the day, then you’re probably a procrastinator. But when it comes to scoring cash with iPoll, you might want to bring out your planning tendencies. That’s because a lot of the Mobile Missions and surveys have time limits on them. In other words, if you snooze, you lose. It would be horrible to miss out on a huge cash reward because you didn’t plan out your Mobile Missions. Perhaps the following guide can help:
An iPoll quiz can take many forms. We might ask about your movie preferences or who should be thrown overboard from a hypothetical lifeboat. You could be asked to share the worst thing you ever ate or the most embarrassing moment from high school. One thing is for sure – every time you participate in a quiz, you are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing that could see you score a hefty infusion of cash into your iPoll rewards account. Our latest quiz asked iPollers to share pictures and tales of their pets. Clearly, you don’t need a sweepstakes for that! Here are some of the memorable tales.
Somewhere, somebody is working on their graduation speech. It might be the valedictorian who has been working their entire high school career to get to this moment. It might be the principal who has to find a new and engaging way to congratulate the latest class of graduates. Or it could be the VIP who has been tasked with the role of the commencement speech. Usually, the commencement speech comes with an honorary degree, which is always nice. As we head into graduation season, it will be nice to look back on some of the awesome graduation advice handed down to this generation’s scholars.
Full disclosure: There’s a lot about my computer I don’t know; this has less to do with a lack technical knowledge and more to do with inherent laziness. I simply never bother checking out all the cool new apps and devices, and I never update my software. When I upgraded to Windows 8 (I think we’re on 8), I promptly loaded my classic Windows shell to avoid all the new apps and tabs. Maybe when I upgrade to a touchscreen monitor, I’ll be able to stay more current. The one thing I do keep up-to-date is all the software and accessories associated with my digital photos. Are you using your digital photos? By now, most of us have a phone that takes pictures. This means we’re taking tons of photos everywhere we go. If you’re good about these things, you’re probably backing those photos up somewhere, and we’re not just talking about saving to your hard drive. Get those photos and videos up on the cloud or an external hard drive— just don’t ask me how the cloud works!
Once your photos have been transferred to your computer, they will sit there until you do something with them. Because they are digital, that “something” can be virtually anything; with all the insane photo editing apps and software options available, your options are endless. Best of all, most of these ideas are extremely affordable. Time to bust out the photos!
How much did iPoll give out in bonus money last week? The answer is a whopping $250 (split ten ways between everyone who simply took an iPoll quiz). How long did it take to complete that quiz? Probably under five minutes. How much money would you make in an hour if you got paid $25 for every five minutes? That would amount to $300 or $2,400 for an eight-hour workday. Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Bottom line: for a few minutes “work” you can potentially earn some serious extra loot. I’m happy to report that thanks to all my iPoll Mobile Mission surveys, I’m now ready to cash out! Of course, I could choose to keep piling up my rewards, but a certain someone I know has a birthday coming up and I want to give them a special present (full disclosure: the someone is me, and I deserve a present). Will you help me pick my reward? I’ve narrowed down the choices:
Last week, we discussed upcoming summer movies, touching on Avengers 2, Mad Max, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Ant-Man, Pixels, Mission Impossible and Fantastic Four. If you wind up seeing all those movies this summer, you can certainly call yourself a true fan of the cinema. But wait! There’s more. Did you really think you could get by with just the blockbusters? Perish the thought. Here are some of the other remakes, reboots, and sequels to see, plus a few original flicks, too.
When it comes to making money, you can either work hard or take a shortcut. Working hard could mean starting your own home-based business or selling stuff at a flea market on the weekend. It doesn’t always have to be a 9 to 5 job. Taking a shortcut comes with more risk because there is no guarantee of earning a reward. Here, something like gambling in Vegas or playing the lottery would constitute a shortcut. Another example might be auditioning for a game show. You’ve probably got better odds at winning big in Vegas than you do at winning big on a game show. Let’s say you want to embrace the game show experience as something on your bucket list. Since all you should be giving up is your time, then you aren’t really risking anything.
The good news is that every show needs contestants. In fact, they’ll tell you how to apply at the end of every show. Some shows host open auditions in every town, check and see if they’re going to be in your area soon. Bottom line: It won’t be hard to find the auditions once you start looking. The only hitch is that you’ve got to travel to where the show is produced and they won’t pay for your airfare (here lies some minimal risk, depending on where you are). Also, keep in mind that you’ll be facing off against hundreds, if not thousands, of fellow contestants who want to win as much as you do. Can you maintain a competitive edge? Of course you can, provided you follow our advice!
Every new parent asks the same question: “Are the terrible twos really terrible?” The resounding answer is; “Yes.” Actually, whether or not the terrible twos are, in fact, terrible depends a lot on the two-year-old in question and their parents. However, one thing you can count on is that once a kid becomes a toddler, they love to explore; this usually involves a lot of chasing on mom and dad’s part. It also means a lot more of, “Don’t put that in your mouth,” “Give daddy back his cell phone” and “Go find mommy.” This newfound energy is the reason your kids need to be occupied with safe and engaging toys during the waking hours. If you have a toddler in your world that has an upcoming birthday, you might consider these affordable gifts (we say “affordable” because you really shouldn’t spend a lot on a toddler’s gift. Chances are it will end up broken long before their next birthday).