Marc Lopez Law January 2019




I hope 2018 was an amazing year for you. As an optimist, I believe 2019 will be even better.

Resolutions are a time-honored New Year’s tradition in our society, because they simultaneously express both humility and hopefulness. I like to think my resolutions are worth remembering, so I’ve taken to writing themdown. The ability to revisit my goals every couple of months is invaluable when it comes to behavioral course-correction, and while I have yet to accomplish everything I’ve set out to do, I know I’mgetting better every year. That’s not to say I don’t have setbacks. Despite my best intentions, for example, I can’t seem to get to bed at a reasonable hour. How am I supposed to sleep when the world never stops? Diet is also high onmy list of recurring disappointments. Each January begins with dreams of a heroic return to my athletic, high school physique, but donuts and french fries always seem to find a way to intrude. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. This year, however, one of my resolutions is going to be not to get discouraged withmyself when I fall short of perfection. Achievement isn’t the only thing that matters. We’re all works-in-progress, and that’s okay. So the next time you shoot for the stars and crash through the ceiling tiles, don’t get down on yourself. Every morning is a new chance to figure something out.

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Learning to drive is a rite of passage for teenagers, but it’s also a frightening time for parents. The child you’ve raised and loved since the moment they were born is about to get behind the wheel of a machine that contributes to 33 percent of all teenage deaths, according to DoSomething. org. You have every right to be terrified, and just like your parents did when you were growing up, you will have to let your child go. However, there are ways to help keep your teen — and the people around them— safe. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, distracted driving is the No. 1 cause of serious accidents among teens, and their age group is already more likely to ride without their seat belts fastened and to speed. Your child may be a responsible teenager, but don’t assume they will have the willpower to ignore their phone. Here are a few ways you can educate your child about safe driving and ignoring distractions. Have you ever caught yourself making a sandwich the same way your dad did or saying the exact same things to your children your mom used to say to you? That’s because we all inevitably pick up on our parents’ tendencies and traits, and your driving habits will likely be repeated by your kids. To lead by example, put your phone in your purse or center console. If you use your phone for GPS, install a phone stand in a safe location on your dashboard and turn your phone on airplane mode once you set your destination. Your phone’s GPS will work without cell service, and you won’t be distracted by pinging messages. MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO

As we enter the home stretch of 2018, I encourage everyone to drive safely, stay warm, and of course, always Plead the Fifth.

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