By Anneliese Krull
I distinctly remember the first “Four-Letter Word,” I learned—and my mother’s response to it. I was sprawled upside down over the edge of our couch one summer, looking like one of my (too) many Beanie Babies lying around the house. That is when it happened.
A word let slip from my mouth, something I had heard from a friend at school. Something that made my mother livid.
Now, I know that “bored” is, technically-speaking, neither four letters long, nor is it the typical “Four-Letter Word.” In our household, however, I might as well have dropped the F-bomb. You know, the one.
Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, my mother materialized with her own “perspective” on the subject and a lengthy list of chores. In short, she stopped my ill-timed, ill-stated minor mutiny before it had a chance to grow into a full-fledged revolt.
My mom succeeded.
What’s the point?
If you have a teenager or college-aged child who has been bit by the “boredom bug” during their Spring Break vacation, consider giving them some work—especially if you may be short-staffed in your own practice as staff leaves to enjoy vacations with their own families.
Here are a few points to ponder:
Post and Schedule your blogs. Because this involves primarily copying and pasting, there is really no way your child can mess this up, especially with our handy training video and detailed instructions available on our Wiki page.
Post to your social media. By posting a firm update or social media article to your Facebook or Google Plus business pages two to three times per week, your child will learn how these social media tools can be used to add value to others’ lives rather than merely bringing attention to one’s own highlight reel. Also, consider having them post the link to each day’s blog onto your firm’s Google Plus page. Why? Presently, there’s no automatic way for this to happen on the Google Plus social platform.
Add email addresses to your MailChimp account. Chances are you have some new emails to add to your ENews subscriber list, either from workshops or initial consultations. By having your “bored” kiddo update your list, you will be putting those new emails to good use. Your new “marketer” can find easy-to-follow instructions on our website.
These simple tasks can give your progeny a sense of accomplishment and chase away Spring Break boredom. Not only will they come away with a greater appreciation of work generally and your work specifically, but they will see firsthand what it takes for you to serve others through your law practice.
At the very least, you will not hear them say that “Four-Letter Word” over Spring Break.