Dear Heloise: I have a helpful hint that I have shared with several of my friends. They all loved it, and one suggested I send it to you.
I have a teen-age daughter who got her driver's license about a year ago. I wanted a way to stress the importance of her following the rules in order to retain her driving privileges. So the first time she came home later than her curfew, I went to the hardware store, purchased an anti-theft gadget that goes on the steering wheel and put it on her car's steering wheel for a week.
It works great. There are no arguments, no demanding that she hand over her keys and no worrying that there might be a spare key I had forgotten about. She can still get into her car, even listen to music if she wants; she just can't drive it. It is also a very visual reminder to her (and her friends) every time she sees it.
I hope many other parents can benefit from this helpful hint! -- Kathy Lowe, Anchorage, Alaska
Dear Heloise: Buying gifts for older friends or relatives can be challenging.
Here are some items I bought for my favorite aunt, who lives in New York and just moved in with another relative:
* A long-distance calling card
* A package of stamps
* Return-address stick-on labels with her new address
* A variety of all-occasion cards
If they have transportation, then gift certificates to favorite restaurants are also welcome gifts for older relatives (or anyone else, for that matter!). -- Jackie Wittschen, Friendswood, Texas
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