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Four Ways to Put your Customer at Ease

Friday, August 13th, 2010

With all the warnings customers get from 20/20, consumer reports and their local credit union about deceptive sales practices and “hidden profits” dealers make in the F&I department, some days it feels like there is a big yellow warning sign outside the F&I office that reads “Caution: F&I Manager Ahead!” I travel in airplanes all the time. Occasionally, I’ll get into a conversation with my seatmate. Invariably, at some point, they all ask the same question,”So, what do you do for a living?”You ought to see the look I get when I tell them I train finance managers for car dealers.You’d think I was a terrorist. Their eyes get big, they swallow hard and they start looking around for a U.S.Marshal to throw me off the plane. After a few seconds of awkward silence, they feel compelled to relate the sordid tale of the last time they bought a car, and the horrible experience they had in the F&I office.

Many complain about having been forced to wait 20 to 60 minutes just to get into the finance office. Once they are finally allowed an audience with the F&I “god,” they perceive him to be pushy, less than honest and focused on his own agenda (i.e., trying to sell them something). Often, they describe F&I managers as unprofessional and confrontational.

Even worse, if the customer doesn’t immediately agree to buy what he is selling, the F&I professional becomes downright rude.

Today’s customers don’t want to wait 30 minutes just to get into the finance office. They want the paperwork to be easy to complete and understand, and they want their questions answered. They want to deal with a knowledgeable able professional who treats them with courtesy and respect, whether they buy anything or not. Customers expect to be able to choose from a variety of financing plans and options, and they want to feel like they got a “fair deal.” They don’t want to feel pressured to buy something they don’t want.

The only way to change the customer’s perception of the financial services process, as well as the media’s perception of F&I,is by changing the way we do business. We must create a measurable difference in the mind of the customer that separates us from the competition in a positive way.

Today’s financial services professional must utilize a dialogue approach to sales, as opposed to a memorized or canned product “sales pitch.” You can’t just whip out a brochure and launch into a sales pitch if the customer isn’t interested in the product. A financial services professional must focus on the customer and their unique needs,not merely product benefits. We want to exceed customer expectations and delight customers by providing a more satisfying and enjoyable purchase experience, while increasing dealer profits through a customer-focused financial services process.

Every dealership, every customer, every sale is unique; and every F&I presentation must be tailored to that customer’s unique needs. To ensure every customer receives a thorough explanation of their options in the minimum amount of time, with the maximum chance of F&I product sales, there are four keys to ensuring a customer focused financial services experience. Let’s explore each one.


For a customer, going back to the F&I office is like going to see the Wizard of Oz. Remember that scene, when Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow shook and trembled as they walked down that ominous hall to see the Wizard? We can eliminate the customer’s fear of the unknown by getting down off our throne, coming out from behind the curtain and greeting them where they’re relaxed and comfortable (i.e., in the salesperson’s office).

Sometimes, greeting the customer is the hardest part of your entire presentation, especially if it’s 9:30 at night and you were supposed to get off at six. But when you have a customer, it’s “Showtime at the Apollo.” Every customer deserves a good show. The customer’s first impression of you is critical because it sets the tone for your entire interaction with that customer. Be enthusiastic. Put on a smile and have a spring in you step. Shake everyone’s hand. Get on a first name basis if at all possible. More importantly, have FUN with the customer!

Have you ever walked by a salesperson’s office and heard a customer laughing and talking? You know the next place you’ll see that customer is in your office to discuss how they’ll finance the vehicle. It’s no different in the F&I office. If you can get a customer to laugh in the first two minutes, they’ll buy F&I products!


One of the most important things you can do to change the customer’s perception of the financial services process is to stop making them wait to come into the F&I office. Unless you already have someone in your office, there is no excuse for making a customer wait. As soon as the salesperson completes the buyer’s order or worksheet, go out and greet the customer in the salesperson’s office. Put the customer at ease immediately. Introduce yourself. Tell them who you are, what you’re going to do, how long it’s going to take, and offer them something to drink.

“Hi, I’m John Smith, the financial services anager here at ABC Motors. It’s my job to complete the paperwork for the Department of Motor Vehicles, arrange your financing,

if any, and take care of all the legal documents. This should take about 30 or 40 minutes. Before we get started, what can I get you to drink: coffee, bottled water, a soft

drink, maybe something with an umbrella in it?” The key here is to be urgent to serve -not urgent to sell!

Now it’s time to bring them back to your office. Remember, you’re not on some top secret assignment back there. So, let them see what you’re doing. Examine the buyer’s

order and let them see you verify that all the figures and information are correct. It’s also a good idea to review the customer’s statement and credit bureau report. The key here is to understand the circumstances and details surrounding any adverse credit information disclosed by the customer or the credit bureau report. And this needs to be

done prior to submitting the credit application.

Why? You need to find the reasons why this customer is a good risk to help your paper-buyer justify an approval or a changing of the tier level.

Ask open-ended, needs-discovery questions as you enter customer information into the computer to understand their wants, needs and concerns. The key is to be

genuinely interested in the customer. You can do this by engaging the customer in a conversation. Do this to find out why your customer needs your products.

Remember, if you expect a customer to be interested in what you have to say, you must first be interested in what they have to say!


Changing customer perceptions also demands a change in environment. I’ve told dealers for years to make sure there’s a distinct difference from the tiled showroom floor and the floor inside the F&I office. Often, I suggest that dealers add a one-inch pad under the carpet inside the F&I office. That way the customer knows they’ve left the sales environment once their feet touch that soft, padded carpet.

Your office must also contain a picture of your family. A customer needs to know you’re just like him or her.He or she needs to know you also have a family, a brother, a sister,

a spouse, kids, a dog and a cat. If you don’t have a family, go down to Walgreen’s and buy a frame. It’ll have a family in it.

Your office should also contain a conversation starter; something unique or unusual that will help you break the ice with the customer. It could be an autographed picture of

someone famous, a baseball or golf club. It can even be that “computer on wheels”device that helps customers understand the need to buy a vehicle service contract. A scenic picture on the wall will help relax the customer.A live plant also helps change the environment. It tells a customer a lot about you. The great thing about having a healthy plant in your office is you have to take care of it. This makes you a caregiver. A candy dish makes a customer feel welcome. It says,”We’re glad you’re here!”

Some things your office should NOT contain include manufacturer’s promotional materials or sales awards. And there should be absolutely NO product brochures

visible when they walk into your office. A brochure immediately tells a customer you’re going to try and sell them something. It’s also a ticket for the be-back bus because it

communicates the fact they don’t have to buy today. What it says is they can take the brochure home and think about it.


Selling our products isn’t something we do to someone, it’s something we do for and with them. In the F&I office, understanding a customer’s wants, needs and concerns must always precede any attempt to sell them something. Selling F&I products isn’t just about helping the dealership, it’s about helping the customer! Selling F&I products to an informed consumer depends upon your ability to find and fill his or her needs … NOT on your ability to get people to buy something they don’t want, and don’t think they need. If you’re not genuinely trying to help the customer, then the F&I process is adding no value to his or her purchase experience. If the F&I process is not adding value to the purchase experience, then it is alienating your customers. And that hurts customer satisfaction. There are two questions you need to answer: How can you ensure you’re

helping as many customers as possible, and how can you remove the pressure customers feel when going through the F&I process?

Easy … use a menu to present every product to every customer every time. Give the customer options, not sales pitches. The use of a menu can dramatically reduce the amount of time customers spend in the F&I office. A menu allows customers to select the products they want,and ask questions or voice concerns about the ones they don’t think they need. This allows us to focus on what is important to the customer, and give him or her a chance to discuss why that product may be especially important to them. Rather than “selling,” you’re simply reviewing options, and trying to help the customer make the right decision based upon their unique situation. Getting rid of that warning sign requires the F&I process to be an enjoyable part of the purchase experience.

A financial services professional must get down off his or her throne, bring that customer back to the F&I office as quickly as possible and remember the most important part of your job is to help customers. This is achieved by changing the environment, as well as changing the experience. That means helping every customer make the best decision for him or her and his or her family. If your customer doesn’t leave your office with a smile, there’s a good chance that warning sign might just be outside your office the next time he or she is looking for a vehicle. ?

Ron Reahard is president of Reahard & Associates Inc., an F&I training and consulting company. He conducted the workshops “Objections Are A Great Thing!” and “Using All The Tools In Your Toolbox!” at the 2006 F&I Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. You can contact Ron at 866 REAHARD. DEALER SATISFACTION Some things your office should NOT contain include manufacturer’s promotional materials or sales awards.

Author Bio

Rick McCormick is senior training consultant for Reahard & Associates Inc.,which provides customized in-dealership F&I training, F&I Training, Auto Dealership Training,

F&I Products F&I Sales Menu Selling F&I Menu Training F&I Classes F&I Manager Training for automotive dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Top 4 Ways to Drop Hints About Father’s Day Gifts

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and if your family is like most, they’ll be slinking away over the next few days to pick up a last-minute gift for the man of the house. You might think that hasty Father’s Day shopping means that your gift may not be as thought-out as you’d hoped, but at least you’ve got a few extra days to drop hints and campaign for that perfect present.

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While circling items in catalogs conveniently left open about the house may work for a mother pushing for the ideal present, your magazine is more likely to be mistaken for the December 2009 issue of the Sporting News and be tossed out rather than scanned for gift ideas.

So, fathers of the world, you’ll have to work a little harder if you want to portray just how badly you want that new set of golf clubs, box of cigars, or permission to doze off on the couch without someone jumping on your stomach or tying your shoes together.

Consider the top three ways to hint at the Father’s Day present that would make your year:

1.) Use your kids’ lunches: A secret that most mothers know, but dads may be unaware of – if you pack your kids’ lunches, they actually take the time to read the notes you leave them. Presumable the same will work for a list of things dad’s need to feel loved.

2.) Guilt: Pull out the birthday gifts that kids no longer use, and the earrings that you bought your wife, but she never wears – and muse, aloud, at how you’d never let such an endearing present go unused.

3.) Sigh mournfully every time you see an iPad. When possible, get others involved and spout gems like, “Wow, doesn’t Phil look so loved and respected over there with his new iPad?”

4.) Refuse to go to work until you get a new TV: Really put the pressure on and show how much you’re worth with a good-old-fashioned standoff.

Follow these rules, and you’ll surely feel appreciated this Father’s Day. And if they don’t work, feel free to hide under your bed, throw a temper tantrum and defiantly claim – “This is the worst Father’s Day ever!”

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Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Your own digital, photography based, home business could start here. . .

*  LINE DRAWINGS.  Line drawings are easily made from digital photos.  And can be used for illustration purposes  Where before an artist was commissioned to produce the drawing, now you can do it with an image, a computer and cheap software. Cards, letters, club flyers, adverts anything that lends itself to an illustration rather than a photograph, can be done easily at home. Look around for the market that attracts you and that you see using drawings.

*  CD &DVD LABELS.  CD & DVD labels are not just for the music industry you know,  although if you know any artists!  Maybe theres a rehearsal room near you, or a community centre. If so there may be budding musicians, singers, performers who are thinking of bringing out a demo disc. Don’t forget the press. But I digress, other businesses produce dvd’s and cd’s to promote their products, they are looking for someone to take the photo add some imagination to it and produce their labels. What industry do you know?

*  TRANSFERS.  Anything can have a photo transferred onto it these days, without complicated darkroom techniques, or expensive equipment. Wood, slate, phones, bags, flags, tags, placemats (for cafes/restaurants), playing cards, labels, kites.You name it, it can have a photo on. And a business to boot (baby boots?) !

*  CALENDARS.  You see them in the shops, but there is another huge calendar market that you don’t see. Personalised calendars, business promotion calendars, special event calendars, how about wedding calendars with calendars that start on the day of the wedding? Use your imagination, check the local paper, if theres something going on, they may need a calendar!

*  PAPER MASKS.  Ideal for parties, kids or otherwise! Could combine with other photo-based printed products for the complete party package. Or as stand alone novelty items, Boris Johnson masks? Halloween masks? You decide.  

*  TIES.  Ties make great presents and promotional items for small businesses. Bridge clubs, golf clubs, chess clubs, tennis clubs, schools, restaurants. I am sure you can add to the list. Source a cheap supply of ties of the appropriate colour, or they may already have,  produce your image or logo, arrange as many as you can per page and print onto transfer paper. Looks and feels great.

*  RUBBER STAMPS.  You don’t have to think of rubber stamps as being just words. Any image can be reduced to its simplest form, like a pen and ink drawing and made into a rubber stamp. There are lots of rubber stamp makers online, or in the press. A rubber stamp can personalise a dreary letter, or invoice.

*  GIFT WRAP.  Create an image,keep in mind the size of gift its for, repeat the image. How many people can you think of who would like their own gift wrap? Private householders maybe, to go with the calendars, cards you offer. But what of small shops, flower shops?  Experiment with paper, legal paper, or roll paper for the bigger wraps, if your printer accepts it. Have fun.

*  CANDLE CUPS.  Decorate your own votive candle cups with patterns printed on backlight film, make sure to put the film on the outside of the cups. Can be supplied as individual items, or in sets. Again personalised or how many candle selling outlets do you know? Make great Christmas gifts.

*  PHOTO SOAP.  Print out a copule of small photos, with a suitable embellish, stick them back to back. Protect the images with clear tape.  Fill up a soap mould half full and put your photo in. Use a clear glycerine soap mixture, fill the mould!  Personalised soap, or how many small hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants would like their own soap? Probably at a competitive price too. You could clean up here!

There are a lot of craft ideas here, with a sprinkling of high street businesses scaled down, thrown in. But rest assured this is just the tip of the photographic opportunities available today

This is just to get your creative juices going and your brain storming with ideas!  The internet has opened up a never ending need for images, of anything and everything. Stock photography has changed, gone are the highly professional, large format shots of models and beaches, that had to be technically perfect, well they are not gone, but they are not the only opportunities for aspiring photographers who want to make a living with their hobby, their passion. Images that you wouldn’t believe started life as a photograph end up everywhere these days and the ability to transform these images is available to everyone, and in the comfort of their own home.

Don’t forget a lot of well known high street businesses started life on a kitchen table, why not yours?

Bio.? Ged has over 30 years experience in Photography, with a special interest in Photography based Business Opportunities. He is a published Expert Author and has written about many of his experiences, Photographic Tips and Lessons for the newcomers. Covering all aspects and adding new information all the time


The Art Of Parenting Non-Conforming Kids: Six Ways To Teach Your Kids To Live Fearless, Authentic, And Wildly Successful Lives

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Parents take note: We’re living in a time when being “different” actually pays off.
How to nurture individuality in the formative years.

By Robin Fisher Roffer 

Few jobs are more daunting than raising well-rounded, happy, confident kids. On one hand, you adore what makes your child unique: your daughter’s all-consuming love of science (she’s bordering on nerdy!) or your son’s quiet disposition and curious spirit. On the other, you worry that being too “different”-too shy, too short, too tomboyish (or, in the case of boys, too sensitive), too anything-is a sure path to unpopularity and isolation. What’s a conflicted parent to do? Urge your child to succeed within socially prescribed boundaries? Or let him or her break the (unspoken) rules and risk being labeled “weird”?

First, stop fretting. Your hand-wringing desire for your child to “fit in” is surely borne of love, but it’s also misguided for an age in which diversity is celebrated. Even if your child does face a few bumps in the road, learning to be herself (or himself) will pay off in the long run.

Kids who are confident in themselves, their background, and their unique way of thinking, looking, or acting are more likely to succeed, not in spite of their differences, but because of them. The benefits of being a bold individual just keep on unfolding as your kids reach adulthood-especially these days.

We are living in an era that celebrates uniqueness-not for its own sake but for the tangible benefits it yields throughout life. There has never been a better time to be yourself. Embracing and nurturing your inner “fearless fish” brings far richer rewards than conformity ever could.

Your unusual personality, outlook, appearance, or background-really, any attribute that sets you apart-is not a liability but an asset. Being different gets you noticed, whether it’s in the office, at school, or at home with your own family, and that is the first step to gaining influence with those around you.

When you refuse to hide or downplay your uniqueness, it makes you more authentic-and people gravitate toward those they like, trust, and believe in. Take Barack Obama, for example. His entire campaign celebrated his differences and used change as a cornerstone for his message. Today, he’s the President of the United States because voters saw that he was authentic and true to himself, and they were drawn to him.

Today’s kids are growing up in a time of exhilarating change, an era in which they face more opportunities (and yes, more challenges) than any group before them. Read on to learn how to help them navigate the road before them by being a fearless fish out of water (just like you!): 

Be a truly fearless leader. One of the most effective ways of teaching our kids is to lead by example. Our children look up to us and mimic the behaviors they see in their parents each day. If they see a person who is comfortable in her own skin, who dares to go against the flow, and most importantly, who is happy, they will learn to do the same for themselves. If this doesn’t describe you, well, it’s time to take a look in the mirror. 

Your children are watching you, and usually when you least expect it. If you are an authentic person and you live your own life as a fearless fish, your kids will see that and it will serve as a powerful lesson for the people they will become. Make sure to be who you are wherever you go-at work, at home, at your children’s school-and when they see the confidence you exhume and the respect you command, they will follow your lead. 

Help your kids to fit in the right way. It’s only natural for kids (of any age) to want to be like their peers-and that’s okay. The compromise to this scenario is to encourage your kids to associate with kids who are more like them. That way, they can feel accepted and part of a group while being themselves. Encourage your kids to join clubs or local groups that cater to their personalities and interests. 

If your son is a music whiz, sign him up for a local music class so he can make friends with other kids who share his talent and passion. Or encourage your daughter to join the science club or debate team at school, depending on her interests. Find a place where your kids can still fit in and feel like part of the group, while at the same time fostering their individuality and unique talents. 

Foster and encourage your child’s unique gifts. Nobody knows your child as well as you do, which puts you in the perfect position to identify those qualities that will make him stand out from the crowd and pave the way to a successful future. Take a cue from Tiger Woods’ father. When he noticed that his child was a budding golf prodigy, he saw the opportunity and ignored the odds stacked against a young, bi-racial golfer in a sport dominated by older white men. We all know how his story ended. 

Every parent has a child who is an individual, who is unlike anybody else on this planet. You have known this person from his first minute in the world, and you know what makes him special. At a young age, children aren’t in a position to leverage themselves in the real world like adults can-and this is where you are their biggest asset. If you know why your kid is unique, don’t just gush about it around the water cooler-get your child involved in ways that will benefit him now and well into the future. 

Teach him to use his differences to make a difference. Kids who learn to give back at an early age are that much more likely to do so well into their adult lives. Getting involved is a great life lesson, and a great way for you to spend time together as a family. Let your child pick a cause that he cares about, and then help him to use his differences to make a difference in the lives of others. 

If your child is a star athlete, teach him to use his sports star status to raise money for a charity. You can ask the team’s sponsor to help, or have fans donate $1 per goal to be donated to a good cause. Or does your daughter have a way with animals that reminds you of the dog whisperer? Sign up to be volunteers at the local animal shelter. Working together on a common cause can have only positive results. You get to spend time as a family and you get to help out the community-all while teaching your future fearless fish an important life skill! 

Let her change her mind. Nobody wants to raise a quitter, and sometimes that can mean we force our kids to stick with activities and hobbies that may not be right for who they are growing up to be. If Sally LOVED horseback riding last month, but this week she will absolutely die if she doesn’t get to join the local 4-H, it can be enough to make your head spin, and your wallet shrink. While it’s not okay to let kids have free reign over your schedule (or your budget!), it’s important to pay attention to their changing interests and to encourage them to pursue different things until they find what suits them. 

While the outlet for your child’s passion may change, the root of who she is stays the same. Clearly, Sally has a passion for nature, and through different experiences she will learn to use that passion to stay relevant and current. As a fearless fish, you have to keep reinventing yourself, changing with the times and with the places you work and live, while holding on to the essential you. If your kids want to pursue something, let them try for a year. Once the season is over, if they want to move on, it’s okay to let them. Forcing kids to stay involved in something they don’t care about will only smother the fire in them that you’re trying to stoke. 

Know when to let go. It’s inevitable: You can’t protect your kids from everything, and sooner or later (and it’s probably sooner!) they are going to be faced with a challenge that will rock their world. Maybe a bully at school has made Susie her new target, or Timmy didn’t make the basketball team and all his friends did. For kids, upsets like these are devastating. But they are also perfect opportunities for them to learn how to overcome obstacles by practicing the ABCs for fish out of water-action, belief, and courage. 

Don’t try to swoop in and make it all better. That may be the worst thing you can do. Instead, help your child equip himself with the means to solve his own problems. If Timmy didn’t make the team, but you know he’s a talented artist, encourage him to get more involved in the school’s art program or sign him up for advanced art classes at the local community college. Or help Susie boost her self-esteem and confidence by enrolling her in a karate class or debate team; her bully will move on when she learns that her victim can stand up for herself. 

There’s a great bonus that comes with striving to raise fearless kids: In the process, you perfect and refine your own journey toward fearlessness.

Parenting is as much about your growth and evolution as it is your child’s. As we teach, we learn. And there’s no richer or more rewarding path than learning how to cast aside our fear and be true to ourselves. Living an authentic life successfully is fulfilling beyond words-and an opportunity that no child should go without.

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About the Author: 

Robin Fisher Roffer (Los Angeles and New York) is CEO of Big Fish Marketing, one of the entertainment industry’s preeminent brand marketing and digital advertising agencies.  She has provided the rocket fuel that has ignited the launch pad of dozens of brands all over the world, developing brand-building marketing plans and promotional campaigns for top media companies like Sony, Time-Warner, and Twentieth Century Fox. 

Roffer has written strategic plans and executed marketing tactics for a prestigious client list that includes ABC, A&E, AMC, Bloomberg, Bravo, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, History, Lifetime, MTV, Oxygen, and Turner Networks. Today, her client roster includes over 25 television networks, a global cosmetics company, and several insurance and investment firms. 

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Roffer has given keynote presentations to some of the nation’s biggest companies and organizations, including AOL, Mattel, Verizon, Wharton School of Business, and many more. In addition to her work with Big Fish Marketing, she serves as a strategic branding consultant for a variety of corporations.  

Drawing on her experience in creating some of the world’s leading entertainment

brands, Roffer penned her first book, MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF: Eight

Steps Every Woman Needs to Create a Personal Brand Strategy for Success.


Her latest book, THE FEARLESS FISH OUT OF WATER: How to Succeed

When You’re the Only One Like You, hit stores in February 2009. It shows professionals how to stay connected and relevant at work while maintaining a unique identity, how to fit in without blending in, and how to transform exclusion into high impact. 


Roffer’s core belief is that entertainment should be leveraged for a greater good. She has received accolades for developing community outreach programs like Lifetime’s “Women Rock,” a concert event designed to raise awareness for breast cancer issues; CNN’s “Your Choice Your Voice” high school-based election promotion; FSN’s “Reading All-Stars” literacy campaign; The History Channel’s “Save Our History” initiative, which raised money and awareness for the World War II Memorial; and Comedy Central’s “Comedy RX,” a hospital-based program promoting the healing powers of laughter. 


About the Book:  

The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You (Wiley, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-4703166-8-9, $24.95) is available at bookstores nationwide, major online booksellers, or direct from the publisher by calling 800-225-5945. In Canada, call 800-567-4797. 

For more information, please visit and


Robin Fisher Roffer is author of the new book, The Fearless Fish Out of Water

Three Ways to Have a Great Vacation, Even if You Bring the Kids

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Family vacations are welcome occasions, especially in this busy world we live in. With tasks like household chores, a full time job, and children, a vacation is an excellent way to let go and recharge your batteries. Even better is a getaway with the entire family. If you have young children, or even an infant, time away from home can be a bit more arduous. Nonetheless, if you apply some easy steps for ensuring a smooth family vacation, your time away from home can be the best getaway you’ve ever had!

Get Out on an Adventurous Trip

One way to ensure a great vacation with your kids is to choose a hotel location with plenty of comforts for families. A portable infant sleeper for your hotel room is a great start. In addition, kid-geared group activities with plenty of art projects, singing, and fun are the ideal answer to moans of boredom. If you go to a place like Disney or Six Flags, you can certainly relax and allow the theme park take care of the entertanment. Nonetheless, if you go somewhere on the coast, for example, you’ll need to plan ahead as far as things to do as a family. Often, you can plan family activities over the Internet when reserving your flight and lodging. Be sure to bring a stroller along with you for the entire trip, and you’ll be able to travel with ease and do some sightseeing with ease. It will help you while on vacation and can be the ideal napping place for your child while you’re out and about.

Take Some Time Out for Yourselves

It is possible to make your dream getaway a reality by planning some time doing things that youand your spouse love. No need to leave your Ping golf clubs at home when you vacation with the kids! Plan some tee time for Dad while Mom watches the children. Then, Mom can take time for herself and go to the spa for a relaxing massage or facial treatment. Many hotels have golfing greens and full-service spas and also have Callaway golf clubs for rent (so you don’t have to bring them). Together time is a perfect way to unwind your getaway, but it’s also important to unwind with some “me time”.

With these 3 helpful tips for vacationing with your kids, you can let the burdens of responsibility go and enjoy the getaway of a lifetime!

How Eating Out with Your Little Ones Can Be a Pleasant Experience

Eating out can be quite an experience, especially with a toddler. However, you can make it as easy-going as possible if you follow a few tips:

The restaurant should be casual -Restaurants that have lots of commotion with loud conversations are the perfect place to dine with a small child. A banging utensil will meld effortlessly into the loud surroundings of the room and your family will feel right at home. Choose a restaurant that has a kid’s menu – Restaurants like this usually have crayons and coloring gear, a high chair or booster seat, and cups for kids that include lids and straws. Have at least one meal at a eatery that also has an arcade – This can make the whole eating experience better for your child. Besides, the perfect enticement to behaving at the table is that they can visit the games and play area afterwards!

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