Libman Tax - September 2018

Need a Personal Assistant to ManageYour Kids’ Crazy Schedules? Try These 3 Tips Instead

School has started. Youth sports are in full swing. Work is crazy. Food has become more about necessity than enjoyment. All of this can only mean one thing: Fall has begun. The crazy schedules this time of year can make it tough for parents to keep their heads on straight; making it through the insanity sometimes feels more like survival than life. But there are tactics you can employ to turn the tide and find more time for yourself. TAG TEAM There’s no reason to try to do everything on your own. The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” exists because managing the stressors of life requires help. A great place to start is by establishing car pools with a parent group you trust. You can alternate drivers weekly, which provides the opportunity for you to focus your attention on other priorities — or if you’re lucky, have some freedom. THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB Technology makes organization easier and more accessible than ever. By using a tool like a shared calendar, you can coordinate the Client Spotlight

stuck with me even when other long-term clients shied away. During those early formative years in the business, I advised Lynn frequently. Before every single one of our conversations, I knew to expect his genuinely positive and helpful demeanor, traits I discovered through experiences with him long before I was a tax strategist. You see, to better help and serve his community, Lynn teaches classes at the University of Southern California, and when I first started college, I missed the deadline for some important housing documents. School was about to start, and I was homeless! With no hesitation, Lynn somehow found a way to get me into a dormitory at the last minute. When he wasn’t helping underprepared college students put a roof over their heads, Lynn worked at Southern California Edison in the communications area. In 2002, he collaborated directly with the CEO and chairman to get the entire state through the great energy crisis that was occurring at the time. He also served as Commissioner of Los Angeles County. Lynn is not only a great public servant, but a decent, good-hearted, and industrious man. He is my hope for humanity, and every single day, I try to be a little more like him. entire family’s schedule so you never miss a beat. And apps like Mealime and MealBoard give you the ability to whip up food that is cost-effective and delicious. TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK While you’re busy trying to rally the troops at soccer practice, the scene at home resembles a horror movie. Laundry is piling up, food is spoiling in the fridge, and the dust bunnies around the house now have names. Housecleaning is a part-time job in its own right. The only way to stay on top of duties around the house is to work together. A chore chart with clear responsibilities is a great place to start. Whether you have one child or eight, everyone is capable of pitching in. You can have all the organizational abilities in the world, but the best way to manage life’s madness isn’t by directing day-to-day tasks; it’s by managing stress. Instead of using these tools to control life, look at them as a way to free up time so you can decompress and enjoy the things you love.

Meet Lynn Adkins, My Best and Most Tenured Client

Through my experiences

navigating the struggles that accompany managing a business, I have found it is the relationships you build with clients that make the experience worthwhile. I also noticed that, while it is my job to offer services to my clients

in the form of financial advice and guidance, so many of them give me something real right back. I love being able to hear their life stories, learn from them, and mimic their great characteristics in my own life and career. For this edition, I want to highlight one of my absolute favorite clients I have ever had the pleasure of working with: Lynn Adkins.

Lynn has been a client for over 40 years. He started by working closely with my father, but when I took over the company, Lynn

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