Lopez Law May 2018

MAY 2018 LOPEZ LAW

SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE C hallenge T eens to F ind T heir B liss

The month of May is a pretty big deal— especially in Indiana. In between April and June, we get a seemingly nonstop parade of holidays and excuses to celebrate: Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and of course, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. As one of the busiest months of the year approaches, I’d like to offer the following advice: Have as much fun as you can in this short life. Personally, I’m looking forward to enjoying backyard barbecues with my wife and daughter, taking my mother out for some fine dining, and hopefully making it to a couple of practice days at the Speedway. While joy is a worthwhile goal, however, it should never be pursued at someone else’s expense. I believe it’s important to treat everyone you encounter with respect and humility. This is easier said than done, and when I need a little reminder of our common humanity, I like to reflect on a quote that’s frequently (mis)attributed to either Plato or Philo of Alexandria: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This is sound advice, regardless of the source. If you’re having a good time in the month of May, try your best to do it in a way that doesn’t spoil anyone else’s fun. And if you’re FROM THE DESK OF Marc Lopez

The two words parents fear most during the summer are probably “I’m bored.” School vacation boredom can set in quickly — a National Citizen Service survey found that teens run out of activities just 18 days into summer break. What’s a busy parent to do with a houseful of restless kids? Your best bet might be to turn the tables and challenge your teen to an activity that will help them learn and grow. There are opportunities everywhere to stave off boredom. Put your faith in your teen, and let them stretch their wings. They’ll learn self-reliance and resourcefulness in the process, and they might even discover an unknown passion. Encourage your teen to get involved in the community, test out their dream job, or check out local history. Here are a few ways you can get them started.

enjoying yourself so much that the police arrive on the scene, always remember to plead the Fifth. Be well, and do well.

DECLARE INDEPENDENCE DAY

Your teen craves more independence, so why not give it to them? Assign them a task for the day — say, getting the groceries — and the tools they need to complete it (cash and a grocery list). Let them fulfill their desire to be independent while helping you out! By entrusting them with these duties, you’ll demonstrate your faith in them, and they’ll gain confidence by completing their task.

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