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safety, make reflector-wearing a non-negotiable habit, one that is as important to you as taking your key (if you lock your door), your wallet, and of course, your phone. Hang reflectors on a hook on your front door where you won’t forget to take them. Shira Weiss

UNINVITED GUESTS I’d like to remind your readers to be careful when preparing peppers. And even after the top is cut off, make sure there are no bugs left on the knife! This is what we found on fresh peppers from a local grocery. May we all have the siyata d’Shmaya to take into our mouths only pure foods. A Monsey Family

BEFORE YOU JUMP FOR JOY... My cleaning lady recently quit, despite my pleading. However, her friend called me that she was available, which struck me as odd during this busy season. It occured to me that perhaps she was doing to her employee what my cleaning lady had done to me. So I got the phone number of the woman at whose home she’d been working, and the woman told me that the cleaning lady had informed her that she had appointments and was not available on the days she’d offered to work for me. Hearing this, I canceled her for those hours, of course, but baruch Hashem, she did have some availability for me. So, anyone out there who is thrilled with my cleaning lady, Rosemary, enjoy her. But I do ask of the rest of you: Before innocently hiring a cleaning lady or asking yours for more hours, make sure it’s not at the expense of someone who’s been employing her all year and is now stuck. A Housewife

A HELPFUL TIP Do you wish your kids were more helpful and happy to do tasks? I’d like to share with you the program I implement every year between Purim and Pesach, where I hand out tickets for every little thing a child helps with. (I even use them to reward going to sleep nicely on a busy Erev Pesach day.)They are eager to accumulate as many tickets as possible, because on the first day of Chol Hamoed, I set up an exciting “store” with prizes that can be “purchased” with the tickets. Not only does it keep them happy — it keeps them busy, too (and is cheaper than most Chol Hamoed family trips). Wishing hatzlacha to all Yiddishe mamas, M. Bayer

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