How to Make Working from Home With Kids Easier

How to Make Working from Home With Kids Easier | Dixon, IL
How to Make Working from Home With Kids Easier | Dixon, IL

As part of social distancing and government guidelines for safety, many parents suddenly find themselves adapting to a work-from-home lifestyle. While working around your children can be rewarding in some ways, it also makes getting work done more challenging. Working from home with kids can be tough, but you can take a few steps to make sure you’re staying productive.

Establish a home office

A good general rule for working from home is setting up a dedicated workspace within the house. Not only does this make work-life balance easier to achieve, but it helps give your kids boundaries to let them know when you’re off limits. Lay down ground rules about what’s appropriate when you’re in the office and make sure your kids stick to them. Have them knock when the door’s closed or even ask them to slip notes under the door so you can deal with whatever questions or problems they have after you’re done with an important task.

Build a schedule

You and your kids both need stimulation, so working small breaks into your schedule will help you create a rhythm and keep everyone happy. Having a dedicated 15-minute block for a walk around the neighborhood or planning to have lunch at the same time every day creates a nice sense of stability that also gives you and the kids something to look forward to. What’s more, taking periodic breaks to get up and walk around will help you stay focus by clearing out the cobwebs when the day gets stressful.

These are just some of the many ways that you can boost your productivity and keep your kids satisfied while working from home. Working from home with kids can be challenging, but the reward of being around your little people more than you’re used to is well worth the adjustment. The family at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, IL, hopes that you and your family are staying safe in these tough times. If there is anything that we can do to help make your life easier, whether it’s essential service or a new vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Chevrolet Equinox Updates for the 2021 Model Year

Chevrolet Equinox Updates for the 2021 Model Year - Dixon, IL
Chevrolet Equinox Updates for the 2021 Model Year – Dixon, IL

The Chevrolet Equinox is getting some exciting updates for the 2021 model year. These updates include fresh styling, a new trim level, and more available safety features. With these updates, the Equinox gets even better and more versatile.

The first thing you might notice about the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is the new front and rear fascia design. The sharp, new grille gives the Equinox a more aggressive design. For an even sportier look, you can choose the new RS trim with a gloss black grille, 19-inch Dark Android wheels, black side rails, black badging, and black bowties. The styling continues inside with red accent stitching on the black upholstery.

Standard safety features on the 2021 Equinox will include Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam® Headlamps, a Rear Vision Camera, a Following Distance Indicator, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. You will be able to add even more safety with available options like Automatic Parking Assist, a HD Surround Vision Camera, and Front and Rear Park Assist.

There will be two engine options to choose from. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. You can get more power from the available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

For more information about the upcoming 2021 Equinox, contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Or stop by to test-drive one of the current Equinox models on our lot.

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2020 GMC Sierra HD and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Earn 2020 Technology Innovation Awards

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Earns 2020 Technology Innovation Awards - Dixon, IL
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Earns 2020 Technology Innovation Awards – Dixon, IL

2020 GMC Sierra HD and the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD recently won awards for their technological prowess. The American and Canadian resource for car residual value estimates, also known as the ALG, gave the two heavy-duty trucks 2020 Technology Innovation Awards.

The impressive array of camera trailering tech is a primary reason these models earned accolades. Both trucks have the most views possible, a total of 15, thanks to eight cameras. Surround View enables you to see the bed, the truck sides, inside the trailer, and the truck’s surroundings.

Transparent View is another feature that gave the Sierra HD and Silverado HD an edge on the competition. It’s the first system of its kind. This tech relies on multiple cameras from the back of the trailer and the truck to give you a full view of what’s behind the trailer, so that the trailer appears invisible. It provides increased safety and convenience for a variety of trailering tasks.

The Sierra HD and Silverado HD also have easy-to-use infotainment systems, wireless charging, and a suite of modern driving assistance programs. This translates to a connected driving experience so you can work and play en route to your destination.

ALG has hosted the Technology Innovation Awards only twice, and experts say this year’s winners have set the bar high for the industry. Celebrate these two winning GM trucks for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Chevrolet to test-drive them.

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5 Unique Valentine’s Dates That Aren’t Dinner

Unique Valentine’s Dates - Dixon, IL
Unique Valentine’s Dates – Dixon, IL

Are you looking for unique Valentine’s dates? Skip the cliché “dinner and a movie” idea and try one of these more original ideas instead.

Go Dancing

Sign up for a dance class or see if you can find a swing dance club in your town. It’s a great way to release some endorphins while increasing your musicality and physical grace.

Take a Painting Class

Try a “paint-and-sip” class in your area to express your creativity while sipping on alcoholic beverages. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your beloved while creating souvenirs you can take home.

Attend a Special Event at a Museum

Many museums have special after-hours events, sometimes with cocktails, especially around Valentine’s Day. Check out the nearest museums’ event calendars to see what might be happening.

Have a Spa Session

Lots of spas have couple packages for Valentine’s Day. Look into nearby deals and book a spa date for you and your significant other. It’ll be a relaxing way to spend the day if both of you are in need of some time to unwind.

Take a Day Trip

You don’t have to splurge on an overnight stay at an expensive resort to give your partner a fantastic Valentine’s Day. Day trips to local cities nearby can be a fun, more cost-friendly alternative to reconnecting with your loved one while exploring new sights, sounds, and flavors.

If you need an impressive ride to wow your date with this Valentine’s Day, contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet.

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5 Great Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season - Dixon, IL
Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

It’s easy to lose focus with the gift-buying craze of the holidays. But this year, gather the family together and spend some time giving back instead of accumulating presents. Not only will you be helping your neighbors, but you’ll have a more fulfilling Christmas. Here are just five ways to give back this holiday season.

Christmas Cards

Kids who have to stay in the hospital over Christmas enjoy getting a bit of mail. Visit Hugs and Hope or Send Kids the World to find names, pictures, and addresses of sick children who could use a handmade card. Don’t stop there. Residents of veteran’s or nursing homes would appreciate these messages too.

Support the Troops

You can easily send holiday care packages to overseas soldiers with one of the many Adopt a Solider programs. It makes a big impact on the troops who can’t come home for Christmas and teaches your kids about their noble sacrifice of duty.

Sponsor a Family

Whether you pick a tag off of a local “Giving Tree” or participate in the Box Project, your family can help a struggling family have a Christmas to remember. It’s an easy way to keep your focus on others in the business of the season.

Gifts that Give

Instead of giving a gift to a family member, why not gift someone else in their name? St. Jude, for example, throws Christmas parties for the kids from donated funds. Knowing that there’s a hospital full of kids partying is a heartfelt present for any recipient. Or send aid overseas. Samaritan’s Purse has a gift catalog where you can donate money for education, medical, and housing needs.

Random Acts of Kindness

See what’s needed around you as you go about a given day. Buy a homeless person’s meal. Visit the elderly at a retirement home. Pay for a tree for a low income family. Donate old toys to the local toy drive. Bring cookies to the fire department. You can even leave change in a vending machine or pay off the late fees for someone at a library.

Ken Nelson Chevrolet wishes you and your loved ones a great Christmas and New Year’s.

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