Flattmann Law Firm October 2019

FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”

October 2019

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Want some scary news in time for Halloween? Hurricane season doesn’t officially end until Nov. 30 this year! You’ve probably heard the phrase “be prepared” a million times. Of course, your family’s safety takes top priority in terms of hurricane preparedness. But there are also ways to protect yourself financially. First, talk with your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage, including homeowners and flood insurance. Ensure that you have enough coverage for things like expensive furniture, artwork, etc. Second, take inventory of the contents of your home. Take your phone out and make a video tour of your house, making sure to capture expensive items, antiques, artwork, and even items hidden in cabinets. Create a written log of any unique items that would be hard to replace. Store the contact number for your insurance company in your phone and make a note of your policy numbers. FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann

Little kids are tiny balls of energy, scrambling after you from room to room and demanding constant attention. It’s no wonder, then, that the temptation to sit them down with a laptop, cellphone, or tablet for a few hours can be strong for parents in the 21st century. The annoying beeps, chirps, and repetitive music electronic toys produce can seem like a good trade-off for productivity and the chance to relax. Unfortunately, studies have shown that pacifying kids with electronic toys — even ones that claim to be educational — causes more problems than it solves. In 2015, a controlled experiment conducted by professors at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and published by JAMA Pediatrics revealed that compared with books and traditional toys like blocks, shape- sorters, and puzzles, electronic gadgets are associated with a drop in both the quality and quantity of language development in kids. For the experiment, Dr. Anna V. Sosa and her colleagues recorded the interactions of 26 parents with their 10–16-month-old babies. The parent-infant pairs were split into three groups: one group had electronic toys, another traditional toys, and the third simple children’s books. According to Neuroscience News, the researchers found that playing with electronic toys (including a baby laptop, a talking farm, and a baby cellphone) prompted interactions with fewer adult words, fewer conversational turns, less back-and-forth communication, fewer parental responses, and less content-specific word use than the other types of play. Overall, the record for electronics was dismal.

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