Pelham - Windham News 10 - December 17, 2010
Season’s Greetings Season’s Greetings
Tips for Holiday Tipping, From the Hairdresser to the Babysitter
* Hairdresser * Garage or door attendants in the
building where you live or work * Personal trainer * Child’s teacher * Child care provider – babysitter,
nanny, day care * Housekeeper * Dog walker and/or groomer * Gardener, pool cleaner * Package or mail delivery person
Setting the gift value As you set the value for each gift,
you may want to take into account: * Frequency of service – How long
In addition to shopping for fam-
ily and friends, the holiday season is traditionally a time to show apprecia- tion for the people who make your life easier throughout the year by giving a gift or tip. It can be daunting to identify all the people to thank and then find the time and money to get the right expression of appreciation for each.
Here are some ideas to help you
make sure that the important people in your life feel appreciated this holiday season:
Make a list The first thing to tackle is making
your list. Here are some of the service providers you may want to consider thanking this year:
has this person has been working with you, and how accommodating are they? Does your babysitter cancel plans to help you last minute? Does your longtime hairdresser stay late to give you a cut after work? * Cost of service – When deciding
how much to give, you can often use the cost of the service as a starting point. The housekeeper might receive the equivalent of a day of cleaning; the dog walker, a day or week of walking. * Policies – If you are tipping
someone who works for a larger or- ganization, you may want to do some
research to find out their gift policies as there may be restrictions on the type or value of a gift. * Your budget – Last, but definitely
not least, work within your budget. Gifts are not required, but expressing appreciation is essential. A thoughtful note accompanying a gift or by itself is the best way to say thank you.
Finding the perfect way to say thank you Once you’ve made your list and set
your budget, it’s time to select gifts. For some of those on your list, a thoughtful note of appreciation inside a holi- day card may be all that is needed. Homemade baked goods are also a great way to say thank you. You may have gifts already picked out for some on your list. For others, you may find yourself
wondering if giving cash is appro- priate, or guessing your babysitter’s sweater size. An easy solution to giving a gift that always fits is giv- ing a gift card that carries the name of a payment network, such as Visa. According to a recent Visa survey, 65 percent of people would rather receive a network-branded gift card than a
Dangerous Drinking: When One is Not Enough
Drinking is often a fixture of social activities for many adults, especially during the holiday season and into the new year. While many people can enjoy a beer after work or a glass of wine with dinner and stay in control, others may have trouble drinking within healthy and sensible limits. People who cannot stop after a drink or two can place themselves and others in serious danger, and can even become addicted.
Drinking responsibly does not mean masking intoxication, as the common expression “hold your liquor” implies. In fact, enjoy- ing a moderate amount of alcohol without overindulging means having no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
Alcoholism is a form of drug addiction and a serious, chronic disease. Alcoholics are both physically and mentally dependent upon alcohol. Similarly, “alcohol abuse” means your drinking is excessive and interferes with your life, even though you may not be physically dependent. In the United States, one out of 12 people abuses alcohol. Someone who is addicted to alcohol: * Feels an uncontrollable need to drink. * Can’t stop drinking once he or she has started. * Has physical withdrawal symptoms (nausea, sweating, shaking) after stopping.
* Needs increasing amounts of alcohol.
Getting help The good news is that alcoholism is treatable. However, the person with a drinking problem must be willing to get help and change his or her behavior, which can include seeing a counselor and seeking medical treatment. The person may even need to
check into an alcohol treatment center for days or even weeks to fully get on the road to recovery. Twelve-step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous can also help recovering addicts focus on staying sober, and family therapy can support the healing process. “If you are worried about a loved one’s drinking habits, remem- ber that covering up for them doesn’t help in the long run,” says Gene Baker, Ph.D, vice president at OptumHealth Behavioral Solu- tions. “Choose a time when your loved one is not drinking, and talk it over as calmly as you can. If they agree to get help, call your health provider right away.” Recovering from alcohol addiction is not easy, but it is possible.
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