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them where they should stand when the bus approaches — a minimum of three large steps or 6 feet from the street. Tell your kids about the importance of sitting still and not standing in the bus while it’s in motion. KIDS ON THE ROAD Whether your child is biking, walking, or even skateboarding, it’s vital that they know and follow the rules of the road. All children should practice road safety behavior, such as riding on the right side of the road, wearing helmets, stopping at stop signs, and watching out for cars. Internalizing these habits will help them stay aware of their surroundings when traveling to and from school. SHARING THE ROAD When school starts, the roads become even more cluttered than usual. On top of people heading to work, there are large buses making frequent stops, parents rushing to drop their kids off, and young kids biking or walking to school. With the added tension on the road, it’s important to be alert and move cautiously. Slowing down in school zones or around young pedestrians will keep you vigilant and could potentially save lives. Teach your kids to be prepared and safe on the road to ensure that they have a healthy and safe school year. TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS Protect Your Children During Their Commute

With the school year fast approaching, families are in preparation mode. Parents are busy buying new clothes and school supplies and thinking about the best way to get their kids safely to school. Keeping your child safe on their commute starts with knowing the transportation method that works best for you and the rules that accompany that method. TAKING THE SCHOOL BUS According to the United States Department of Transportation, the school bus is the safest means of transportation to and from school. Buses are built to withstand a hit and distribute the damage throughout the vehicle, keeping its passengers safe and sound.

Knowing basic bus safety will help kids be mindful when taking the bus. Before the school year starts, take your children to the bus stop and show

When you’re on Social Security Disability, it may not feel like you ever have enough of anything. Your life has probably changed a lot, whether it’s due to a chronic disability or another issue. It may not feel like there’s a lot within your control, but there is one important thing you do have control over right now: your time. By making what matters a priority, you can devote your time to what’s important to you and find more fulfillment in it. MAKE A LIST. If someone asked you what matters most in life, what are the top three things that come to mind? Are you spending time on them? If not, why? It’s time to dig deep and ask yourself these important questions to get what you want out of the time you have. MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS. Was Facebook on your list? Probably not, right? It’s time to focus on the items on your list. If it’s writing, how can you make more time for it? Maybe it makes sense to set aside time first thing in the morning. If it’s being with your grandkids, talk to your children about helping you make that happen. Brainstorm to prioritize what matters. YOUR MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY Making the Most of Your Time on Social Security Disability

TAKE A PAGE FROM TIM FERRIS. Have you read the “4-Hour Work Week”? It’s applicable to more than just a job. In it, Ferris shows us why more isn’t always better. By making small changes to your day, you can expedite the obligations, like cleaning, and have time for what you want to spend time on, like writing your novel.

Begin to organize your schedule according the priorities in your list. Spend time doing what matters to you and not to anyone else.

Your other priority should be strong legal representation. Let Smith, Wallis & Scott handle your legal concerns so you can focus the rest of your time on what matters. Call 770-214-2500 for more information.


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