You’ve probably heard all the same advice: don’t let your kids stay up late and sleep in, stick to the same schedule, give them a sense of structure while they’re stuck at home. Sometimes, though, a restless and stressed kid needs a little break from the routine. If you and your little ones are going stir-crazy, here’s some indoor games to play at home.
Remember the days of arts & crafts when
all you needed was Popsicle sticks and some glue? Find some creative materials
you and your kids can use to build towers and houses. Maybe together you can
make a whole city!
Kids, especially the younger ones, are easily
fascinated by simple magic tricks. Teach yourself a few and put on a show, then
show your young audience how it works.
Games & Puzzles
These can be a bit “basic” to us adults, but I
think we take things like card games and puzzles for granted. To a kid, these
can be major mind-benders that help their brains develop.
Favorite Childhood Games
What did you like to do as a kid? Connect with
your inner child with games like hide and seek, hot potato, Simon Says, and all
your favorite old board games. Pass your favorites down to your kids.
Another fun thing to do with your family is plan a future road trip. Call us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, if you need a new vehicle to ensure that your upcoming travels are safe ones.
As you plan a spring filled with wilderness treks and road
trips, follow these Jeep®
cleaning tips to freshen up your ride and get it ready for a season of
Wash the underbody:
Whether you’ve been driving on salty slush, mud, or sand, the underbody of your
is probably filthy from winter. If you let this grime hang around, it can
easily cause rusting and other long-term damage. Thoroughly spray the underbody
with a power washer so your muddy spring outings don’t just add an extra layer
Protect the exterior:
Give the exterior of your Jeep® a good spring cleaning, and don’t
forget to scrub the tires while you’re at it. Consider adding a coat of wax afterward
to help shield your paint job from the elements.
Clean the floors and
cargo area: The floors and cargo area of your Jeep® have probably accumulated plenty of
dirt and debris over the winter. First, get rid of any trash or litter that’s
piled up. Then, take out the mats and clean them. Make sure you give the floor
a good vacuuming before putting the mats back in. To protect your floors, you
can also purchase a variety of Mopar® accessories like slush mats and cargo
With these cleaning tips, your Jeep® will be in great shape to go wherever you want to take it. For even more spring readiness, bring it to the service department here at Ken Nelson and we’ll help you get caught up on scheduled maintenance.
Automotive manufacturing is an important part of the economy
here in the Midwest. That is why we were excited to hear that FCA is planning
to invest $400 million to convert an idled transmission plant in Indiana into
an engine facility. This investment will add about 200 new jobs to the
The idled transmission facility, located in Kokomo, Indiana,
will build the GMET4 engine, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
engine currently used in the Jeep® Wrangler and Cherokee. In
addition to the 200 new jobs, this investment will help retain 1,000 current
jobs. This will bring the total FCA employment in Indiana to around 8,300 jobs.
FCA North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart said, “While the 2.0-liter is a current engine option on the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee models, a significant number of new technologies can be applied to this engine, making it relevant for the future. It will play an important role in our plans to offer electric engine options across 30 nameplates that FCA will bring to markets around the world by 2022.”
Once the facility is operational, which is expected in mid-2021, it will handle all U.S. production for this engine. This engine is currently built in Termoli, Italy. This will be the first time FCA has built engines in Indiana. Celebrate the brand’s other progressive steps when you test-drive a model at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.
The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator has been named North American Truck of the Year by 50 automotive experts from across the United Stated and Canada in the 26th year of voting. The evaluators looked at design, features, safety, technology, value and the quality of the ride to make the decision.
The Power and Capability
of a Truck
The Gladiator has a 3.6-liter Pentastar®
V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed
manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Gladiator can tow a maximum
weight of 7,650 pounds when a tow package is installed, and it earns a
respectable 23 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.* It also has Uconnect® technology,
so you can access the entertainment, navigation, communication, and emergency
services you need from just the touch of a button.
Expertise of a Jeep®
The wilderness is where the Jeep® Gladiator really shines. It is descended from the classic Jeep® Wrangler and has removable doors and windshield, lockable axles and an easy disconnect sway bar, as well as, 4×4 capability. A full complement of safety features protects you on the road or off. A back-up camera aides with parking, and blind spot and collision alerts keep you in touch with surrounding traffic.
Experience the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson for a test drive.
We might be in the early days of 2020. Unfortunately, some of
us have already given up on our goals and we are just a few weeks into January.
Here are some strategies to get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions.
Think About Your Reasons
Why did you choose your resolution in the first place? If
you can reconnect with your original motivations, it should help get you back
on track. For example, if your goal was to pay off debt, remind yourself of the
freedom you will feel once that debt is gone.
Use Setbacks to Reevaluate
If you feel like you have already failed, instead of giving
up, use whatever setbacks you encountered to give yourself a new approach. If
you are struggling to get a new job, consider rewriting your resume to focus on
Ask for Help
We all work better when we have accountability. If you can
find a friend or family member who can work alongside you or provide you with
encouragement along the way, you are more likely to reach your goals.