We have our thirteen-year-old grandson traveling with us this summer and my wife and I are enjoying him tremendously. However, we never get any alone time, if you catch my drift. My wife is paranoid he might come bounding in the trailer at any time. He will be with us for two months and does not like to take part in campground activities without one of us tagging along. Do you have any suggestions on building his confidence to do things on his own? —Frustrated in Fargo Dear Frustrated:
The first thing you need is a code word. Make a joke of it. Start yelling “firewood” every time you approach the trailer, as if you are selling firewood. Your grandson will soon catch on and you will find him yelling “firewood” every time he comes back to the trailer. What this kid really needs is a paper route. Find out when the paper is delivered to the nearest campground store. Send your grandson for the paper an hour earlier than it arrives. Tell him if it isn’t in yet to wait for it. When you hear “firewood” you had better be done smoking. If this works for you your wife will really be surprised. Behind every successful man they say there is a surprised women. —Keep Smilin’, RV Shrink The RV Shrink is not really a psychologist (or professional RV technician). But he does knows a lot.