“How can we get parents more involved with their children? How can I stress the importance of spending time (NOT money) with their children?”
Lenore N. in Michigan
Lenore N. in Michigan: Parents need to put down the cellphone, turn off the TV and computer, and spend time with their kids. Our children are the only truly important thing we will leave behind.
Dear Readers: Here are a few safety measures for the kitchen:
● Always pat dry the foods you plan to fry. Hot grease and water cause splattering, which can be both dangerous and painful.
● Never leave cooking food unattended.
● Always turn the handle on a pot away from the front of the stove to avoid anyone knocking it off while walking by.
● When taking a lid off a pot, always tilt it away from you.
● Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
Dear Heloise: I have real wood paneling in my new home, but I'm worried about cleaning it. I don't want a waxy buildup from furniture polish. What do you suggest?
Vera W., Harwood, Md.
Vera W.: I have a solution that cleans fingerprints, mild dirt and dust off wood paneling, but as always, test on an inconspicuous place first.
Mix 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts water. Dip a clean rag in the solution, wring it out to remove excess water and wipe the surface of the wood. Dry and polish with a clean cloth.
If you want inexpensive cleaning ideas that work well without using harsh chemicals, then you’ll enjoy my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions. To order a copy, send $5, along with a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, to: Heloise/Cleaning Solutions, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at Heloise.com. FYI: Vinegar alone also works great for removing price tags, cleaning the barbecue grill and loosening burned-on foods in pots and pans.
Dear Heloise: My job requires that I stand for long periods of time. By the time I get home, my feet are killing me. I take a tennis ball and place it under my foot while I'm seated and roll it back and forth. This is an easy way to give my tired feet a massage.
Bernadette V., Manchester, N.H.