Cellphones for kids and when it’s time to invest in one — Hints from Heloise


Dear Readers: A recent poll suggests that almost 90 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 have a cellphone. When is the right time to give your child a cellphone? Here are some hints to consider:

▪  Maturity of the child is more important than age. Internet access can be a great learning tool, but two hours a day on the phone’s apps is more than enough. Know what apps are on the phone, and make sure the child will use the phone appropriately. NO phone usage in class, unless there’s an emergency (re: no texting friends).

▪  The child must understand about giving location information (commonly called “tagging” or “checking in”). This can be a safety issue — strangers can know where your child is.

▪  Absolutely no use of the phone while driving — none!

▪  For younger children, consider a pared-down model of phone — internet access may not be necessary, but being able to call you is reassuring.

▪  Talk to your provider about safety measures you can use for your child’s phone. The camera and in-app purchases features may not be necessary, for example.

These hints can help you make the decision about what cellphone usage is right for your kids. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Even when I’m having a pajama day, I like to be somewhat put together — in case I have to run an errand, for example.

At the very least, I wash my face and put on a little concealer, a balancing or correcting cream and a little eye shadow, just for some color. I feel prettier, it makes “facing” the day easier, and it takes only about 10 minutes. — Heather P. in Illinois


Dear Heloise: Did I read that apple-cider vinegar works as a hair treatment? — Alison I., Hershey, Pa.

Alison, yes! Apple-cider vinegar is a hair helper. Mixed 1:1 with water, it removes tangles and soapy residue. It also can close the cuticle of the hair, which will make the hair shine.

Vinegar is one of my favorite household helpers. It’s cheap, safe and effective for cleaning, beautifying and cooking with! I’ve compiled my favorite vinegar hints and recipes in a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It’s easy! Visit to order, or send a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Vinegar. P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Look for organic raw apple-cider vinegar — it’s the best. — Heloise


Dear Readers: Don’t forget your neck. When doing your skin-care routine in the morning and at night, wash and moisturize your neck as well.

The neck can show aging, but you may not pay attention to it when doing your makeup. Look out below! — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I love the recent hint about giving children new words to track down. But don’t forget to teach them how to pronounce the words, too! — A Reader, via email