Lose for Good…Here I Come

images-3.jpegWell, it’s September and that can only mean one thing. I finally made the decision to head back to Weight Watchers. My reason was simple. None of my clothes are fitting properly, I can see the reflection of my very round posterior in store windows and when I’ve posed for photos with my family, my double chin is rearing it’s ugly head (or should I say chin).
And so, at 12 noon today, I took my trusty membership booklet over to a Weight Watchers center in Chelsea and soon learned that I had gained four pounds since the last time I joined. But this time dear readers, I intend to lose weight for good…and not just “for now.” And lucky for me, I’ll be shedding pounds for a great cause!
Weight Watchers (WTW) recently announced the start of the second annual Lose For Good campaign, created to raise awareness about two global epidemics – obesity and hunger. Between August 30th and October 17th, as Weight Watchers Members and Online subscribers lose weight, the company will donate up to $1 million to two hunger fighting organizations – Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger. Last year, the campaign impacted more than 250,000 children and families domestically and actually represented the difference between life and death for more than 6,000 malnourished children abroad.
This year, Jenny McCarthy, a passionate activist and actress, has joined the campaign to generate awareness about this important cause. As a campaign ambassador, McCarthy will participate in media appearances and star in a public service announcement encouraging Americans to get healthier while also helping to end hunger. In addition, McCarthy helped Weight Watchers kick off Lose For Good by participating in a ceremony where the company donated a “Good Food Garden” to the Arroyo Head Start center in Altadena, CA, run by the Center for Community and Family Services, Inc. The Arroyo Head Start center serves underprivileged children in the community and until now did not have funding to build a sustainable garden for the kids to use for educational and nutritional purposes.
Even though it’s my first night, I’m more determined than ever to reach my goal – especially since my mom took off more than 30 pounds on the plan and is thinner than ever! As my first Weight Watcher lecturer told us more than 28 years ago (yes, I was that young when I first joined) “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” I hear ya sister, so hopefully I’ll have some good news to report in the coming weeks!

Introducing The Guest Post Corner

Here at Role Mommy, we’re always kicking off new and exciting ventures, so beginning this week, we’re going to start featuring guest bloggers on our site. That means if you’re an author, entrepreneur or parenting expert, then we want to hear from you! Today’s guest post comes from Trisha Wagner, who writes for DepositAccounts.com and she offers tips on how to teach our kids about saving money.
Tips For Teaching Kids About Savings by Trisha Wagner
piggy bankMany people will argue that we are all born with a tendency to either be savers or spenders. I have seen this first hand in watching my nieces grow up. Born and raised in the same house, by the same parents in the same way my youngest niece is naturally frugal and has no desire to spend her savings unless something really special catches her eye. In fact she is currently using her extra money to bribe her older sister into doing chores; this works because my oldest niece spends her money before it is in her hands. Having witnessed this with my own eyes, I believe saving money and our overall spending habits are partially due to our own personality. With that being said, there is no reason why savers cannot learn how to spend a little or vice versa- in fact as parents it is our role to guide our children through their own natural tendencies and teach them the importance of saving money for future expenses.
Here are a few tips to help parents teach valuable lessons about savings.
• Get kids involved- Your children should be involved in family finances in an age appropriate manner. There is no need to burden your child with worry and stress in this poor economy however you can share with them what is happening and how it affects the family budget. By teaching your children how to navigate both good and bad times you are setting a realistic picture of what they will likely deal with as adults.
• Admit your mistakes- If you have made mistakes in handling your personal finances, do not be afraid to share these mistakes with your kids. It teaches them that you are in fact human and that lessons can be learned from these mistakes. This is especially true if you have set an example of living beyond your means, using excessive credit or focusing on material trappings in the past. Children mimic their parents and if they have witnessed poor financial management for several years, acknowledging the error in your ways may help your kids avoid the same mistakes in the future.
• Compare savings accounts together- The best way to teach your child about saving money is by simply doing it. If you do not have a savings account for yourself or your child already, now is the time to open an account and begin setting money aside for future expenses. Children old enough to get the basic concept of saving money can help mom or dad “shop” for the best savings account. By doing this together you have the opportunity to open a dialogue about important financial terms and answer questions that might pop up in conversation. This is also a great time to begin teaching your child about the benefits of long term savings….not only can they save for a school trip or great new jacket, you can show them how money put away today could make them millionaires in the future.
• Accept responsibility- One of the best lessons you can teach your children in today’s society is responsibility. Before you can preach personal accountability you must first practice it yourself. Each person has the ability to change their personal finances for the better with hard work and sacrifice. Do not blame others (credit cards companies, banks, your boss) for your current financial situation. While you may have a legitimate complaint, it is more important to show your child how to overcome these obstacles and move on toward success.
Financial independence is the best gift you can give your children. By starting early and making savings a part of their life, children are more inclined to continue these habits as adults.
Trisha Wagner is a freelance writer for DepositAccounts.com, where you can compare rates of checking accountsfrom dozens of banks in one place. Trisha writes regularly on the topics of personal finance and savings accounts.