Mystery Shopping For Parents

As you know, I like to point out ways that parents can either save money or bring in extra money to their household. Today’s topic about bringing in extra income is about mystery shopping.

Working as an independent contractor for a mystery shopper service is a great way for parents to earn extra money. Since it’s back to school time now, you can fit in your undercover shopping assignments on your own schedule during the hours the kids are in school.

Utilizing a mystery shopping service is also a great way for the owner of a business owner (of any size) to get a true and objective look at the customer service experience of his or her customers.

School Volunteers

In a previous entry, Parent Involvement In Schools, I talked about five different ways for parents get involved and make a difference in their child’s school. In this entry, I want to go more in-depth in one method.

I mentioned volunteering in school as a way to get involved. Let’s explore some of the ways parents can volunteer in schools.

1. Lunch Monitors – Parents can help keep order and sanity in the cafeteria or on the recess during lunch.

2. Classroom Aides – Schools are often open to having parents help out in the classroom under the direction of the teacher. Possible volunteer opportunities here include when the class is involved in special projects or on a regular basis as a tutor to offer extra help.

3. Field Trip Chaperones – There can never be enough chaperones to keep order on a field trip. (If you don’t believe that, think back to when you went on field trips when you were in school.)

4. Special Events – If your school holds events like a fundraising carnival or book fair, there are plenty of parents with various skills needed including construction, cooking, baking, customer service, and entertainment.

Teen Sports

Yesterday, I talked about a new way for kids and teens to learn sports. Today, let’s talk about another aspect of sports participation for kids and teens – stress.

Teens do suffer from stress. Of course, in retrospect, adults may look back and laugh off the kinds of problems that teens have, but that doesn’t mean they are any less stressful for the teens.

To drive the point home, think of another example. When you were in third grade, the biggest event of the week may have been the spelling test every Friday afternoon. As silly as worrying about a spelling test may seem now, it may have consumed an inordinate amount of your time back in the third grade. That was just as meaningful to you then as problems with your boss or paying your mortgage is now.

There is such a thing as teen sports burnout and teen sports burnout treatment . It can be caused by several factors including an overbearing coach or parent putting unrealistic expectations on the young athlete or even a never ending cycle of going from one sport to the other as the seasons change.

Check the link in the paragraph above for a program to help relieve the stress of teen sports.

Parent Involvement In Schools

As the kids go back to school this week, it’s a good time to think of ways for parents to get involved in the schools. Here are five ways.

1. Volunteer – This can be an ongoing commitment such as volunteering on a dailty or weekly basis or even a one-time event.

2. Offer Supplies – See if you can offer any supplies. Yes, the school district should supply everything needed by your children with your tax dollars and no, that is not really going to happen. Sometimes something you don’t even want could be the perfect thing your child’s classroom needs. For example, when I was a kid, almost all our handouts were copied on donated paper from businesses that had already been printed on one side of it and no longer needed it.

3. Teach – Yes, you. There is probably some skill you know, either through your work or from a hobby that would tie into something in the curriculum. Talk to you child’s teacher about it and the two of you will come up with something creative.

4. Stay Informed – Kids are taught in social studies class that the basis of being in a democracy is the electorate staying informed. Make sure you know what your kids are studying in school and what school events are going on.

5. Ask – If you’re not sure what you can do to make a difference, simply ask the teacher or principal for suggestions and he or she will find something productive for you to do. (Teachers and principals are good at that!)