Emery Law Office - February 2018

EDUCATION IN THE KITCHEN

What Your Child Can Learn From Baking

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wracking your brain for the perfect recipe to bake for your loved one. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought chocolate, but there’s no topping the personal touch of some homemade baked goods. If you have kids, baking alongside them can be just as rewarding as enjoying the fruits of your labor. As an added bonus, baking is a hands-on opportunity where your child can learn all sorts of important concepts. Here is a short list of some of the educational lessons hiding in your kitchen. Math Baking is a numbers game. Just take a look at any recipe, and you’ll recognize the importance of math in building a beautiful cake. Having children measure out ingredients helps them learn about fractions and ratios. You can also test your kids by doubling or halving a recipe for multiplication and division practice. With older kids, practice unit conversions by asking, for example, how many pints are in half a gallon. Following Directions Not unlike computer science, baking requires a strict order of operations. The wet and dry ingredients often need to be mixed separately and then When you’re dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident, you have a ton on your mind. From getting the medical care you need to trying to return some normalcy to your life, you’re probably not concerned with remembering the exact details of your accident. In fact, it may even be traumatic to dwell on the accident. These preoccupations are precisely why you shouldn’t talk to a representative from an insurance company without first speaking to a lawyer. Simply put, insurance companies make money by figuring out ways to deny claims, and they’ll use any tactic they can to achieve this goal. I’ve even seen cases where adjusters show up to a victim’s house the day they return from the hospital. More often than not, they disguise their intentions as a friendly conversation with the aim of “checking up” on you and “learning about your situation.” Don’t be fooled. Politely decline their request to speak until you contact a lawyer first. Speak to somebody who has dealt with these cases so you don’t end up accidentally hurting your claim. Talking is ill-advised, but providing a written statement is far worse. Even if you’re 100 percent innocent, there’s no benefit in providing information to your adversary — and make no mistake, that’s what they are. There’s a fun YouTube video on this topic by Texas attorneys Hutson & Harris. They’ve created a catchy little tune on the matter, and its title tells you everything you need to know. It’s called “Please, Shut Up!”

folded together. It only takes one deviation from the instructions for a pastry to go from delicious to disgusting. Spending time in the kitchen, then, is a great way for kids to learn the importance of reading directions carefully

and comprehending what they’ve just read. Cultural Understanding

Cuisine is a fundamental part of every culture. Introducing your child to dishes from around the world will expand their horizons. Want your child to be a less picky eater? Involving them in the cooking process is the surest way to get them excited about trying new flavors and ingredients. Nutrition Now, you might not think that baking cookies will encourage greater nutritional awareness, but hear us out. Sugar is often buried within packaged foods. When you bake something at home, a child gets to see, firsthand, just how much sugar goes into certain sweets. Meanwhile, cooking savory dishes also allows them to learn what constitutes a balanced, healthy diet.

DON’T TALK TO AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER WITHOUT CALLING A LAWYER FIRST

I’m not saying people who work for the insurance companies are evil. Most of them are good, honest folks who are just doing their job. But their job is to provide the court a reason to deny your claim. No matter how friendly a representative seems, don’t forget that. I hope I would be the attorney you call in a situation like this, but speaking to any lawyer is better than trying to navigate the process for yourself. I’ve seen this situation play out time and again, and I can help you handle the insurance companies. That way, you can focus on getting better.

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