Mediation Advantage Services May 2018

ROAD TRIPS DON’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL TRY GAMES, AUDIOBOOKS, AND PODCASTS TO PASS THE TIME

INCLUDE THE WHOLE FAMILY Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. PLAY AN AUDIOBOOK OR PODCAST We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe.

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event.

PACK A TRAVEL GAME When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment. When you created your estate plan, it was based upon your life at the time. Maybe you planned it with your spouse as you created the outline for your future, putting security measures in place to bring peace of mind to you and your children. Since then, has anything changed? If you’ve experienced a life shift, it’s time to put your priorities back into balance. Do this in a wealth planning session with the experts at Mediation Advantage Services. With our customized wealth planning, you aren’t just another file. Your plan is based on your life and your priorities. Whether you’re a blended family negotiating the challenges of new relationships or a family- business owner seeking to protect and expand your company for the next generation, our experienced and caring staff is here to guide you through the process. Our first step is to determine your needs, values, and desires. We will customize everything else around these. Now that some aspects of your lifestyle have shifted, you can re-examine your priorities and put them into writing. Our founder, Polly Tatum, worked in human and civil service for many years before forming Mediation Advantage Services, and she uses an empathetic approach to help you through this process. When you complete a wealth planning session with Mediation Advantage Services, you will have peace of mind knowing your children and assets are secure. ALIGN YOUR VALUES WITH REALITY WHEN TO REVISIT YOUR ESTATE PLAN

Each of our estate plans includes a no-charge, three-year review, because we understand that as your life changes, so does your estate plan. This helps ensure that your assets are held properly for maximum protection. In addition, as laws change, we will keep you updated in the event those changes affect you.

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