What Is a Mom-and-Pop Establishment?
“Mom-and-pop” is a colloquial term used to describe a small, family-owned, or independent business. Mom-and-pop stores are often operations that struggle to compete with more substantial establishments, such as big-box retailers, who generally boast more buying power than smaller players. In the last few years, “shop local” and “shop small” have been used as slogans in marketing campaigns. The term “mom-and-pop” also refers to inexperienced investors who casually play the market.
- The popularity of mom-and-pop stores is on the rise, thanks in part to shoppers seeking unique services or products.
- Traditional mom-and-pop businesses, like bookstores and pharmacies, have found it financially difficult to compete with large chain stores.
- National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is on March 29.
- Mom-and-pop businesses benefit from local consumers who are determined to pump their money into their communities to promote local economic growth.
Mom and Pop
Understanding Mom-and-Pop Entities
Mom-and-pop stores were historically used to describe local family owned and operated general stores or drugstores. Today, mom-and-pop establishments are synonymous with various different types of businesses, including restaurants, bookstores, automotive repair shops, and insurance agencies.
In many ways, mom-and-pop businesses stand at a steep disadvantage to large corporations, e-commerce companies, technology platforms, and franchise businesses, who enjoy bigger economies of scale, greater access to capital for investments, larger advertising budgets, higher brand awareness, greater access to talent pools for hiring, etc.
This collectively gives larger players a competitive edge over mom-and-pop businesses, who frequently, lose ground and find themselves forced out of business in response.
Fortunately, there are signs of hope for mom-and-pop stores. More than ever before, consumers are demanding more personalized products and services. When shoppers ask, “Where can I find a mom-and-pop shop near me?” they don’t need to look further than the Internet. Using technology, like social media, small businesses can expand their target audience and broaden their geographical reach.
Mom-and-pop shops also benefit from a phenomenon known as “Small Business Saturday,” which is a recent American tradition of shopping locally on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. This shopping holiday is a logical answer to Black Friday, where large retailers offer enticing discounts to consumers. Mom-and-pop business owners tend to have a vested interest in the community, its citizens, and the local economy. Consequently, they offer highly interactive and personalized services that large corporations cannot replicate. For this reason, mom-and-pop stores often win increased brand loyalty among consumers.
Mom-and-pop drugstores are typically owned and operated by the same family for generations, where the druggist or pharmacist would also be the proprietor of the store.
Mom-and-Pop Investors vs. Mom-and-Pop Establishments
“Mom-and-pop” also refers to inexperienced investors who minimally invest in the stock market. Despite limited capital commitments, mom-and-pop investors often count on significant returns on their trades, in order to supplement their income.
But many mom-and-pop investors are unfamiliar with market research and react impulsively to market changes and fluctuations, by rashly dumping their positions, rather than riding out rough patches.
Some mom-and-pop investors combat their inexperience by hiring brokers to facilitate trades, or by using one of the many online trading platforms to facilitate their investments.
Having “the Talk” With Your Mother
Despite the fact that most people will eventually do it, sex is still a subject that makes us squirm—at least when we’re talking about it with our parents. For teens, this embarrassment is heightened, especially because the act is uncharted territory. My mom never sat me down and talked to me about sex, much less engaged me in a comfortable conversation about the issue—and I never asked. I was too embarrassed to ask questions and even more mortified thinking about her answers. Instead, I figured out what the birds and bees were through movies, books, and conversations with friends. Here’s advice I wish I had been given in order to comfortably talk with my mom about sex and all its emotions and complications.
Talking About Sex With Your Mom When You Need Information
As abstinence is increasingly taught in schools, it becomes harder for teens to understand how sex works, much less its consequences (we skipped over that chapter entirely in health class, though we did have to write a paper on an STD of our choosing). As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation about sex—and such misinformation can lead to pregnancy, STDs, and a host of emotional issues. Your mom, if you approach the subject maturely, should be a safe, reliable source of information about sex—after all, she had you! So she knows something about it.
When you’re ready to talk about sex with your mom, here’s how to approach it:
- Wait for a quiet time during the day and tell your mom you’d like to have a talk as two adults, and that you have some questions about sex. A good way to start would be bringing up health class, or something you recently watched together on TV.
- If you have specific questions, write them down so that you remember them–this will also help if you feel flustered.
- Stay calm—sex is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Being brave enough to get informed is something admirable!
- Don’t just ask about the physical aspects of it—ask about the emotional aspects, too.
- If the conversation is going well, ask your mom for her advice and perspective—if there are any choices she would have made differently in her youth, and what they were.
- Finally, and this is a hard one, put yourself in your mom’s shoes—you’ve grown up fast and she still likely sees you as a child. Understand that talking about sex with you is probably hard for her too!
When it’s time to talk to your mom about having sex, you should feel comfortable asking about birth control.
Talking About Sex With Your Mom When You’re Ready to Have Sex
Regardless of our society’s general religious or moral beliefs, it’s fact that many teens choose to have sex—and it’s important to make sure the choice is acted upon in as safe a way as possible. Teens who are really close to their mother may feel comfortable going to her and asking for advice and birth control help. Here’s how to approach your mom when you’re thinking about having sex.
- If you’re comfortable enough to tell your mom you’re thinking of having sex, chances are your relationship has already been open on the subject. Approach your mom during a quiet time and tell her you’d like to talk as adults.
- Explain to your mom why you think you’re ready for sex and ask her what you need to do to prepare.
- Ask your mom about the consequences of sex—even if you think you’ve already covered that ground. It doesn’t hurt to hear it again.
- Ask your mom about birth control options and methods.
- If you’re a girl, ask your mom to help you schedule your first visit to the gynecologist—all women who are sexually active should see their gynecologist annually.
- Keep the conversation open, calm, and neutral—this is a charged subject even if you have a great relationship with your mom.
(Let’s note here that I’m not advocating teen sex—the longer you wait, the more emotionally prepared you will be. However, for teens who do decide to have sex, it’s important to have open communication with your parents!)
What to Do When Your Mom Doesn’t Want to Talk About Sex
Not everyone is going to feel comfortable talking to their mom about sex—and for some people, whether for religious or other reasons, it’s not going to be an option at all. However, you still have choices. These include:
- Asking a friend’s parent, if you’re close
- Asking an older sister or brother
- Checking out a book from the library
- Asking Planned Parenthood
- Asking your own doctor, privately
These are things you should NOT rely on if you aren’t comfortable talking to your mother about sex and can’t find other options:
- Friends’ advice, stories, and knowledge (depending on where they got it from, they may or may not have the right information)
- Forums or chats
- Random search engine searches on the topic
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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uzair on June 13, 2018:
how should I tell my mom about sex
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on January 20, 2013:
And I thought the fact that my mother didn’t talk about sex to me was generational! Luckily, I had 2 older sisters so I was covered! When I had my children, I vowed to be very open with them. That has worked out well for us. Great hub and good, useful info. Up+
SaffronBlossom (author) from Dallas, Texas on January 17, 2013:
It is awesome that you were that open with your kids! I really think fostering a healthy attitude about sex is a great way to keep kids smart and safe, as well as to help them come to you when they need information.
Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on January 17, 2013:
I agree with weavesandbraids! I think every 13 year old female needs to read this. I started talking to my children naturally about sex when they were really small (before kindergarten). only what they needed to know such as about the anatomy and where babies came from. It became a natural discussion when they became teens, thank goodness! 😛
SaffronBlossom (author) from Dallas, Texas on January 14, 2013:
Thank you for your comment! Yes, I really wish as a teenager I could have had more open conversations with my mother. hopefully my future child will feel comfortable bringing up those topics with me.
Chuga from Africa on January 12, 2013:
Thanks for the tips here. I wish I could direct every 13 year old female and her mom to this page.
Thank you for your interest in learning more about Littlest Pet Shop. We’ve been selling on eBay for 15 years now and have been selling LPS exclusively for several of those years. We began collecting them and selling our duplicates. Our favorite thing to do is dress them up and race the walkables. рџ™‚
Here are the 7 most important things you need to know before you buy Littlest Pet Shops:
1) Look out for fakes. I would personally never buy directly from China. While it is true, you can score some good deals on the pets, there are a lot of fakes that come out from that direction. LPS #675 dachshund as shown in the first picture is heavily reproduced by people other than Hasbro. They call this dog “after market” or “special edition.” She is not a Hasbro special edition, and by claiming she is ‘after market’ is very misleading. It is not made by Hasbro and many collectors and children alike would be very disappointed. The second picture shows another dachshund known to be a fake.
2) Kenner made LPS in the 1990’s. They are definitely not a new thing, however, the pets that were made “pre-Hasbro” are called ‘vintage.’В A new version of the LPS was introduced by Hasbro in 2005. They began making them with wider eyes, and completely different than their previous versions. They featured pink magnets underneath, and then slowly progressed to gray magnets, and the newest pets do not have magnets at all, but rather, a hole. You can pretty much age a pet by the color of the magnet on the bottom of the foot or lack thereof a magnet.
In 2012, the newest style LPS was introduced. Pets feature bigger, more rounded eyes and different bodies. Later on in 2013, pets bodies were restored, yet the eyes were kept from the 2012 edition, which are still being created today.В There are currently over 3,000 different pets produced since 2005.
3) LPS rotate in stores every 1-3 months , depending on the store. What you see there available today, will most likely not be there tomorrow. Therefore, the older pets are highly sought after due to that fact. Many children also do not like the newer style of the new pets (for the most part, they do not care for the newer style eyes).
4) Hasbro used to have circle stickers that came in the packages. You would collect them and redeem them for Special Edition pets. Hasbro stopped that in 2013. Now, there is an android/iphone/ipad app that kids can download free and use the app cards (called LPS tokens) that come in the new pets to play on the app. Many kids love the app.
Fun Tip: Blythe Baxter was created in 2012. We love watching the cartoons here. There are 4 video’s full of short cartoons Hasbro has produced to date.
5) Many adults and children alike collect the pets. Kids love to play with them for years. I have seen even 13 year old teens playing with them. Hasbro makes houses, stuffed animals, bedroom decor, bedding, pets, Blythe (similar to Barbie but way better!), and so on.
You can dress them up and role play. Some kids even like to make video’s on YouTube and have thousands of followers!
The pets themselves measure approx. 2″ tall. Teensies (smaller versions of pets for on-the-go traveling play) measure approx 1.”
6) Reselling and Care of Your Pets.В If you plan to keep them for future generations or resell them in the future, you will want to make sure you never write on them with permanent marker or pen. Some parents like to write initials or dots on them, and they are basically near worthless at that point. There are a few pets that go upwards of $100, so writing on them would be tragic.
Another thing you’ll never want to do is to bathe them or soak them in water. They get rust rings very easily and again, are basically worthless if they do. Surface wash them only and dry them immediately.
7) Newest Pets.В Blind bags are little baggies that Hasbro releases for some pets. They are just that, blind bags. They are usually cheaper in price than the regular pets, but you cannot see which pet you are purchasing. In my experience, blind bag pets are never as valuable as the regular LPS, nor do they become more valuable in time.
Likewise, Hasbro began creating pets called Roller-roo’s. They are not like any other pet. They are basically a very small ball with a face painted on them. You can fit them into certain clothes, known as ‘bodies.’ Most children are not impressed with this style of pet, and they are easily lost.
I hope this guide has helped you in being a more educated buyer. If you learned something or have something to add, please comment below. рџ™‚
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Hello I was selling a bundle of these on ebay until I noticed a lot of interest how can I find out the numbers of the figures to sell on
Some are worth money, yes. Selling as a lot, you’ll lose out. You’ll need to know which ones are valuable and which ones aren’t. You can look up the numbers on eBay. Just search a description. Like “brown white collie” and it’ll narrow down your search a lot. Go with trusted sellers to get the right number. There are also full lists here.
You do not need to sell with all the numbers, however you may want to sell rarer lps separately with their particular numbers.
Look online for these numbers.
Best of selling luck
If you don’t use the numbers when selling individual pets, you won’t get near as much traffic to the ads nor sales unfortunately. Most people know the numbers and look them up by that.
My daughter would like to sell her pet shops but after looking on eBay and your site we’ve noticed that some have more value than others. We don’t know the names or collections they are from. Not sure if you can help me or suggest where I should look. Thank you
Shannon, I think this post will help a great deal, Rare Littlest Pet Shop List – Make Money on eBay.
The mom-and-pop shop is working hard for your dollars
Big-box retailers like BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club lure customers with the promise of saving money by buying in bulk. But do they really pay off for the average consumer, or can you get better deals by shopping at smaller retail stores and local shops? In other words, is shopping big worth it for you? Here are five pros and cons to consider.
Price is often the biggest factor when choosing where to shop. Big-box stores offer their most attractive discounts on big-ticket items, undercutting specialty stores and smaller retailers on price. So yes, you can often save hundreds of dollars on electronics, appliances, and other major purchases if you shop at a big-box retailer.
- Many customers shop at big-box retailers to save money on big-ticket items and by purchasing items in bulk.
- Buying large quantities of perishable items might work well for large families, but not necessarily for singles or for people with small families.
- Warehouse retailers charge a membership fee that will not be recouped if the shopper doesn’t visit the store frequently enough.
- In contrast to local and mom-and-pop shops, customer service is not a priority for many big-box retailers.
- Wise shoppers will consider the benefits and disadvantages of each type of retailer when searching for bargains.
But not everything sold at the big-box retailer carries a deep discount. Once they have you in the store, they’re counting on you to purchase other items that aren’t deeply discounted and that you might not even need.
When you’re in a big-box store, your best bet is to buy what you came for and avoid browsing around. Check out the weekly specials in your neighborhood market or discount store and collect their coupons. You may find you’ll get a better deal on some items.
Big-box stores typically carry items in large sizes or quantities. Real bargains can be had by purchasing bulk non-perishable items like paper goods. Food items with a long shelf life such as soda, canned goods, or jumbo bags of frozen chicken wings are usually well priced.
That works for large families but it might not be worth it for singles or small families. And it doesn’t work well for people who live in small spaces with limited storage. Be practical. Purchase what you can easily store and avoid buying large volumes of perishables that may go bad before you get a chance to use them.
Warehouse clubs like Costco charge membership fees, usually $60 to $120 a year. That fee gets you in the door. If you have a large family and shop frequently, the money you save over the course of a year should easily cover the cost of the membership fee. If you don’t visit the store enough, you won’t recoup the fee, and you’re better off shopping at smaller retailers and local markets.
Consider your shopping habits before you fork over $60 or more for the mere privilege of walking through the door.
The Shopping Experience
Big-box stores attract large crowds during peak shopping hours, which can mean long checkout lines and mobbed parking lots. Sometimes fighting crowds is worth it. If it weren’t, retailers wouldn’t be able to count on Black Friday sales to get them through the fourth quarter. But sometimes the struggle isn’t worth it, not to mention the time and stress. When you count up your savings, offset the benefits of saving money by considering what your time is worth.
At the very least, try to shop at off-peak times when the crowds are likely to be smaller. And think longer term, buying enough to last weeks instead of just a few days.
When it comes to customer interaction, big-box stores can be very different from your typical local shop or retailer. Some big-box stores don’t emphasize customer service, as the few employees on the floor are kept busy stocking shelves. For that matter, big-box customers typically aren’t interested in chatting with sales associates, but more focused on finding good deals and making their purchases.
Some shoppers prefer the personal attention and expert assistance that mom-and-pop stores or specialty shops can offer. Ask yourself which you prefer, anonymity or up-close and personal attention. If you know what you want to buy and do not need a lot of help from customer service, the big-box store is probably the place for you to shop for some of your purchases.
The Bottom Line
Big-box stores definitely have their place in the American consumer landscape, as do small retailers and local shops. The wise shopper considers the advantages of each and takes a hard look at where the real bargains are.
As children, we look at our parents and assume they can do no wrong. Our mom is the one who takes care of us and sets the rules, so anything she says goes. However, not all parents are mature just because they’re parents, and there could be some clean signs your mom is actually immature. It can be weird growing up and discovering that your parent isn’t perfect, but realizing this could help you better understand how to navigate your relationship and help you understand how to deal with your mother.
According to Psychology Today, many immature parents express “emotional hunger,” which is a strong emotional need often caused by deprivation in childhood. Immature parents often act out because they’re desperately trying to fill an emotional void, and they use the child to try to fulfill this connection. Of course, this can become frustrating if you’re the child.
Dealing with an immature mom can be stressful: You might feel insecure about your decisions, unsure of whose advice to take, or even exhausted from the constant arguments you find yourself in. But once you realize it’s your mom and not you, you might feel a little bit better. Here are eight signs that your mom is immature and might have her own emotional growth to experience alongside you.
She Behaves Differently At Home Than In Public
We all behave differently when we are home with our families, but this difference is much more extreme with an immature mom. “For example, this mom might brag about her children to other people, but be highly critical of them at home,” says psychologist Stephanie M. Kriesberg, Psy.D over email. “What matters to her is what other people think.”
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There is nothing in this world more fun than hitting up the mall, pulling clothes off the hangars, and trying on until you’ve found the perfect outfit. That’s right, it’s time to go CLOTHES SHOPPING. Whether you’re looking for shoes, blouses, or skirts, work clothes, lounge clothes, or going Show More
There is nothing in this world more fun than hitting up the mall, pulling clothes off the hangars, and trying on until you’ve found the perfect outfit. That’s right, it’s time to go CLOTHES SHOPPING. Whether you’re looking for shoes, blouses, or skirts, work clothes, lounge clothes, or going out clothes, your choice in fashion will tell us a lot about your style.
By the end of this quiz, we’ll be able to crystallize your fashion sense into a single word. Bold, classic, sexy, or boho, no matter what kind of style you have, it’s all your own and we’ll help you find it and embrace it.
Jump in! Start trying on those clothes and don’t forget the accessories. It’s time to shop ’til you drop, or at least until we know enough about you to tell you what word best sums up your style. Now, where were those shoes you wanted to try on?
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Use polite questions when shopping or helping a customer in a shop. Polite questions are asked with ‘could’, ‘may’, and ‘would’. You can also ask for advice in shops using ‘should’.
Shopping for a Sweater
Shop assistant: May I help you?
Customer: Yes, I’m looking for a sweater.
Shop assistant: What size are you?
Customer: I’m an extra large.
Shop assistant: Would you like a plain sweater or something else?
Customer: I’m looking for a plain blue sweater.
Shop assistant: How about this one?
Customer: Yes, that’s nice. Could I try it on?
Shop assistant: Certainly, the changing rooms are over there.
Customer: Thank you. (goes into a changing room to try on the sweater)
Shop assistant: How does it fit?
Customer: It’s too large. Do you have a large?
Shop assistant: Yes, here you are. Would you like to try it on to see if it fits?
Customer: No that’s Okay. Thank you. I’ll take it. I’m also looking for some nice slacks.
Shop assistant: Great. We have some very nice wool slacks over here. Would you like to take a look?
Customer: Yes, thanks for your help.
Shop assistant: What are your measurements?
Customer: I’m a 38” waist and a 32″ inseam.
Shop assistant: What do you think about these?
Customer: They’re nice, but I’d prefer cotton trousers if you have them.
Shop assistant: Certainly, our summer slacks collection is over here. How about these?
Customer: Yes, I like those. Do you have them in grey as well?
Shop assistant: Yes, here’s a pair. You said you the measurements are 38″ by 32″, didn’t you?
Customer: Yes, that’s correct. I’ll go try them on.
Shop assistant: Let me know if you need any help.
Customer: Thank you. (comes back) These are great. So, that makes one sweater and a pair of grey slacks.
Shop assistant: OK, how would you like to pay?
Customer: Do you take credit cards?
Shop assistant: Yes, we do. Visa, Master Card, and American Express.
Customer: OK, here’s my Visa.
Shop assistant: Thank you. Have a nice day!
Customer: Thank you, goodbye.
- Could / May I help you?
- Could I try it (them) on?
- How does it fit?
- How would you like to pay?
- I’m looking for.
- I’d prefer.
- Changing rooms
- Size – extra small, small, medium, large, extra large – Used with standard measurements
- Measurements – used with specific measurements for trousers, suits, etc.
- Shop assistant/store clerk
- Credit cards
Provide the missing word to fill in the gaps to complete this conversation with a store clerk.
Store clerk: Hello, _____ I help you find anything?
Customer: Yes, I’m looking _____ a blouse and some matching trousers.
Store clerk: Great. What _____ would you like?
Customer: I’m _____ for a white blouse and black trousers. They’re for an important job interview.
Store clerk: Okay. Please follow me to the business apparel section.
Customer: Thanks for your help.
Store clerk: It’s my pleasure. Do you see anything you like?
Customer: Yes, that blouse looks nice.
Store clerk: What _____ are you?
Customer: I’m a small. Now, let’s take a look at the pants.
Store clerk: These are nice. Would you like to _____ them on?
Customer: Do you have anything else?
Store clerk: Yes, we also have these trousers.
Customer: I like those, I’ll try those _____ .
Store clerk: What are your _____ ?
Customer: I have a 26″ waist and 32″ inseam.
Store clerk: Here’s a pair. Would you like to try them on?
Customer: Yes, where’s the _____ ?
Store clerk: You can try them on over there.
Customer: Thank you. (tries the clothing on, walks out of the changing room to show the store clerk) What do you think?
Store clerk: You look fantastic! I’m sure you’ll get that job!
Customer: Thanks! I’ll take them.
Store clerk: Would you like to _____ by cash or by credit card?
Customer: _____ , please. Here’s my visa card.
Store clerk: Thank you. That will be $145.
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