Cell phones are amazing.
We can store a lot of information there and have it all at our fingertips in an instant.
If the phone has charge . . . .
If the wi-fi is working . . .
Most of the time it is no problem but electronics do fail. And when they do it tends to be at the most inopportune moments.
BUT that is real life and my hope is that today's lesson will get you ready for emergencies and so that you are not caught unprepared.
3 real life challenges regarding phone numbers
Challenge #1 Make sure your kids (and you) know your important numbers.
Seriously there are just certain phone numbers that you need to know by heart. You know which ones they are and they will be different for you than for me so feel free to change the numbers on the practice sheet for your family.
For me these are the most important numbers to know
- Husband’s work and cell
- kids cell phones
- home phone (yes we still have one)
DON'T miss Real life lesson #1: Do you Know Your Info, it has a link to a practice sheet for important information! Be sure to go get it and have EVERYONE in the family work on knowing their info by heart!
Challenge #2 Organize your important phone numbers
There are many, many ways to do organize your phone numbers. Here are a few to focus on and make it easy to find numbers when you need them.
Old fashioned way - Write it down and post it!
Write it down and post it where it’s easy for everyone to find it. We had a list like this inside a cabinet door by the phone for years and I haven’t taken it down because it is still useful!
Today's free printable is a list for writing down the important phone numbers of your family.
Post it somewhere handy (like the inside of a cabinet!)
The whole family will use it!
Keep important contacts accessible
Have you ever heard of ICE?
It stands for In Case of Emergency and you need it!
There is a car accident and you are knocked unconscious. NOT a fun thing to consider but part of "adulting" is thinking ahead to things that "might" happen. When the emergency personnel arrive and have you stable (or when you arrive at the hospital) they are going to want to notify your family or your ICE peeps.
If your phone isn't locked with a pass code, then they will locate a number there. However, unless you note in some way that Suzanne is your mom or Steve is your husband then the personnel be calling someone randomly. And you may not want that person to know you are in the hospital or hurt!
Emergency Contact problem solutions
- Put ICE before the first name of the person who is your emergency contact. Boom--done Mine says ICE Steve so my husband is called first.
- There's an app for this!!!!! Didn't you know . . . not free but very inexpensive. There is an Apple version ($0.99) and an android version ($3.99).
- BUT what if your phone has a security code? No worries--Got you covered Keep an ICE list in your wallet or write it in sharpie on the back of your phone case! Sometimes the old fashioned method is not all bad and at times the simplest solution.
Challenge #3 Make your life easier by organizing your phone numbers in your contacts
I sometimes have a hard time remember our mechanics name much less his phone number. Same thing with our doctors because we had to change them all at the first of the year! So I put them in my phone by what they do or how I think of them.
Example: Mechanic Greg 999-1234 OR Doctor for Eye 999-1343 etc
It makes it super easy for me to find a number FAST! I don't waste time trying to remember any names! These are some numbers you might want to consider doing using this method for.
Give it a try!
- Phone carrier
This is the third day of the 10 day series of Tips for Homeschool Moms. (If you aren't a homeschooler don't click away!!! MANY of these topics will apply all moms!)
10 days of real life lessons NOT learned in school
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- Who you gonna call?
- Money doesn't grow on trees
- Car Care Basics
- 2 secret weapons to fix small easy meals
- How do I take care of me?
- Grownup Faith for Young Adults
- Change the world one person at a time aka How not to be a Jerk in life
- 6 Secrets to budget time and resources
- The Relationship Factor
- 10 days of printables for homeschool moms
- 10 alternate evaluation methods for middle and high school
- 10 days of homeschooling a child with ADHD
- 10 days of road schooling
- 10 days to organize your homeschool
- 10 days of literacy activities
- 10 days to prepare for the school year
- 10 days of morning resources
- 10 days of nerdy fun
- 10 days of back to school prep
- And SO MUCH more!!!
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