Dear Heloise: Summer will quickly be right here, and I felt it was essential to speak to my three children about “stranger danger.” Since all of them are younger (ages 4, 6, 7), I wished to ensure they understood that not all individuals are good or sort.
We designed a secret code phrase in order that if anybody ever tells my youngster that I despatched them to choose my youngster up, the individual has to know the key code phrase. If they don’t understand it, my youngster is to yell and run as quick as they’ll to get away. If the stranger runs after them, they’re to run to a policeman, a lady with youngsters or right into a retailer the place there are individuals.
Every yr, too many children simply disappear. — Juliet B., Maplewood, Minnesota
Juliet, each father or mother ought to have any such code system in place with their youngsters. According to www.factretriever.com, each 40 seconds a baby goes lacking within the U.S. The first three hours are mentioned to be essentially the most essential to discovering a baby. Due to technological advances, about 99% of lacking youngsters come residence alive. For further info, go to www.findthekids.org. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: One of the preferred scams at current is to ship a letter or name somebody and inform them they’re a debt collector and demand cost. They may threaten to wreck your credit score, name your employer (by no means inform them who your employer is) or to repossess your automobile or furnishings. If you understand that you simply don’t owe the debt or if you happen to paid off the debt, don’t ship them cash. Sometimes they’ll say they by no means obtained your final cost or haven’t acquired a cost in a few years. It’s often a scammer making an attempt to cheat you. They may even begin harassing you with cellphone calls. If this occurs, report them to www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds. And, as at all times, by no means give out any private or monetary info. If the so-called debt is for medical or dental providers, demand an in depth checklist of providers, docs’ names and dates of providers. If they refuse handy over that info or if it’s for providers that you simply by no means acquired, it’s a rip-off. — Harold P., Los Angeles
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Dear Heloise: Our daughter is graduating highschool this yr, and her aunt already has a present for her. I believed it was a really intelligent thought, so I believed I’d move this alongside.
Her aunt purchased a equipment that accommodates a hammer, pliers, wrench, duct tape, nails in numerous sizes and some screws, together with a multi-head screwdriver. As I recall, I wanted these items once I was in faculty, so this equipment will come in useful for my daughter! — Barbara W., Kearney, Nebraska
Barbara, I had a set of instruments once I was in faculty. My dad gave me a set, and I used to be extremely popular on my ground! I marked my instruments with my initials in pink nail polish. That means nobody may declare them besides me. — Heloise
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