Tips to Working From Home With Kids

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With millions of Americans on lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many of us are working from home. If you’re working from home with kids, it can be even more challenging to adjust to a new routine. These tips can help you find the balance between being productive and spending time with your family this season. 

Inform your boss and coworkers

Everyone is operating outside of the norm right now, so there should be plenty of empathy for at-home distractions. Talk to your boss and let them know there are kids around, and that there may be some interruptions. This way your work team will know what to expect and can more easily adjust to the circumstances.

Take breaks

Work boundaries can be less daunting for your kids if they know they’ll still get to see you throughout the day. When possible, take 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes or so to check in with your children and do something fun together. This can help them feel more engaged with activities that you’ve lined up for them, and will break up the monotony of a work day.

Try virtual play dates

Even though you can’t have the grandparents or your kids’ favorite sitter over to the house, you may be able to solicit their help virtually. If you have a big meeting or project you need to focus on, try arranging a virtual play date with a guardian. They could play a game, read a book, sing songs, or find other ways to occupy your kids for a little while so you can get your work done.

Atzenhoffer wishes you and your family a healthy and fun summer. Remember to call us if your vehicle needs service; we’ll schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

Games to Play at Home With the Kids

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With the current stay-at-home orders, many of us are spending a lot more time with our children than we did before. A fun and easy way to connect with your kids during this time is to play games with them. Here are five fun games to play while we are all stuck inside together.

Paper games

Grab a sheet of paper and a few pencils or pens and try some classic games like hangman, dots & squares, “Why?  Because,” or even Battleship.

Card games

Dig out an old deck of cards and teach your kids your favorite card games. It can be as simple as Go Fish or something more complicated like Euchre.

Puzzles

We all have a collection of puzzles we have gathered over the years and never had time to do. We all have the time now. Turn puzzle building into a family activity.

Freeze dance

Turn on some fun music and play the freeze game. Whenever you stop the music, your kids have to freeze in place. Make it more challenging by having them freeze in different positions, like yoga poses, animals, or letters.

Remember to contact us at Atzenhoffer, if your family is need of a new vehicle for all of your future road trips and travels.

Road Trip Tips for Your Family’s Next Getaway

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It might be a while before you go on a long journey with your family — but it never hurts to plan your next trip in advance so it’s less stressful when the time comes to hit the road. Here are some road trip tips to get your planning off on the right foot.

Skip rush hour

Plan to leave late in the evening or early in the morning to avoid rush hour traffic. This should make your driving less stressful. And, if you have young kids, this could also encourage them to get some sleep while you drive.

Put an adult in the back

If you have an adult ride in the back with the kids, he or she can help keep them occupied with games and other activities. This is especially helpful if your kids are still rear-facing in their car seats.

Take a break from electronics

There is no denying the saving grace of a game or movie on a tablet when attitudes take a turn for the worse. However, letting your kids feel bored can ignite their imaginations to come up with unique games. They can also stare out the window and enjoy any passing scenery.

Bring on the snacks

Fun snacks can quickly brighten any mood during a long road trip. Along with some family favorites, pack some new treats for variety.

Call us at Atzenhoffer if you’re in need of a new vehicle for the road trips you’re planning for later this year or early next year. We’ll help match you with the right model to suit your needs and preferences.

2020 Mazda3 Earns 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from NHTSA

2020 MAZDA3 | Victoria, TX

Thanks to its innovative safety features and advanced technologies, the 2020 Mazda3 received the highest safety ratings from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. The 2020 Mazda3 earned the agency’s five star-ratings in front, side, and rollover crash testing as well as a 5-Star Overall safety rating.

“We are proud that the 2020 Mazda3 has earned NHTSA’s top rating for crashworthiness,” said Mazda North America President Jeff Guyton. “Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE® advanced safety features on the Mazda3 help provide even more peace of mind for the driver, helping enhance our customer’s driving experience.”

In addition to testing a vehicle’s performance in crash tests, which mimic the country’s most commonly occurring crashes, the NHTSA also recommends additional safety technologies for each vehicle. The 2020 Mazda3 not only earned the agency’s top ratings, but it also offers the agency’s recommended crash-avoidance technologies. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support systems are standard on the 2020 Mazda3.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety also evaluated the safety systems of the 2020 Mazda3 and bestowed its top honor on the well-equipped model. Both the hatchback and sedan body styles earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the organization.

The dedicated sales team at Atzenhoffer is available to show you the safety-focused 2020 Mazda3. Stop in for a test drive.

Silverado Drivers Find Their Match on Facebook

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According to a study done by a Stanford professor, most modern couples meet online. In our connected world, this isn’t too surprising, especially considering many people work from home and take online classes. There are a wide range of online dating apps and sites you can use, including Facebook. While you might shy away from a Facebook dating service, it seems others are finding their perfect match on the social media site.

Late last year, two Silverado drivers found their perfect match on Facebook. However, it wasn’t to start dating. Uziel Valles and John Payan both owned a Silverado. One drove a white model with a yellow hood, while the other drove a yellow Silverado with a white hood.

Valles, the owner of the mostly white Silverado, posted in the Denver Dropped Trucks Facebook group that he was looking to trade his yellow hood with someone who had a white or black hood. Payan’s friend tagged him in the comments and Payan commented that he had exactly what Valles was looking for.

The two met up and exchanged their mismatched hoods and left with the monochromatic trucks they wanted. According to Jalopnik, the meet ended up creating more than just two matching trucks, it created a friendship. The two men still chat with each other on occasion.

For more exciting car-themed news, stay tuned for more blog posts from us at Atzenhoffer. Or stop by our dealership in person to take one of our shiny 2020 models for a test drive.