Moving With Kids

Blacklisted by Jordan's Furniture

Next in our continuing series "The Summer of Christine's Move," she's having some new furniture delivered for her new family room and was harkening back to the last set she ordered from Jordan's Furniture. Let's hope this delivery goes more smoothly... Leather Furniture Scene: 7:30 am. Approximately 12 hours after Mommy and Daddy have emptied the living room of the following: One oversized, incredibly heavy, and entirely abused living room couch Its little sister, the soon-to-be-former love seat, same condition Under-couch detritus Embarrassingly large pile of under-couch detritus 3x3 square coffee table; gouged, scraped, stickered, and colored Matching end table with the drawer handle missing. In surprisingly good shape, given the fate of the its compatriots Jordans Furniture Delivery Guy (JFDG) arrives at front door to be greeted by Mommy, looking like a million bucks in grey t-shirt and pink pajama bottoms, hair back in a headband. Mommy: (huge smile shes getting new furniture!): Hi! JFDG: Hi. My name is - Five Year Old Boy: (fresh on the scene, addressing JFDG): Do these look like clothes? Theyre really jamas. JFDG: Oh, very nice. Theyre SpongeBob. (back to Mommy) Hi, my name is Ariel and Five Year Old Boy: I also have a pair of baseball jamas. And they look like clothes, too. JFDG (cheerily): Oh, you like baseball? Whos your favorite tea- Five Year Old Boy(points to furniture care kit box in JFDGs hand): Whats that? (runs off before answer) JFDG comes in. He and Mommy discuss placement of furniture. Three Year Old Boy (enters living room wearing pajama t-shirt and underwear): I have a mote control car. My Nana bought it for me for doing poops in the potty. Do you want to touch it? Five Year Old Boy (not to be outdone): He has two remote control cars now. One from Nana and a monster truck one that Mommy bought when he wore big boy underwear for a whole day! JFDG: Blank stare. Leaves to get furniture. JFDG II (having clearly been warned, remains silent, eyes averted) enters and begins removing French door from hinges. Three Year Old Boy: My Daddy has a hammer. And its loud too. Bang! BaNG! BANG! JFDGs begin carrying in furniture/dodging little boys. MM (attempting normal service-person-type conversation): Gee, its really muggy already. I thought it was supposed to rain all day today. With each piece Five Year Old Boy: Once we had thunder and lightning and that tree over there they are subjected MM: Guys, please stay out of the mens way. Get that remote control car off the new table! to more Three Year Old Boy: I have Diego underwear. Want to see? of the same JDFG: Anyquestions?Canyousignhere?Thanksbye! Mommy gazes lovingly at pristine, matching, un-destroyed new living roomand barely hears him. Yeah, whatever, dude.
This weeks blog post written by Realtor Associate, Christine Curtin. Christine, her husband and two sons now happily reside in Reading, MA and plan to stay there until they are very, very old. Contact Christine at: christine.curtin@shanahanre.com

What to Expect When Youre Moving

Well, boys here we are: less than two weeks from MOVING DAY!! Of course youve noted that 90% of the house is boxed up and that the answer to most of your Mom, wheres my? questions is either packed or I dont know. Weve talked a lot about new schools, new friends, and the emotional side of moving. As we move closer to D-Day (M-Day?), I thought Id focus on a few logistical items as well. Laundry: Im trying to keep up with the laundry as best I can in between packing and planning. If I do say so myself, Ive done a pretty good job of washing and drying. The folding-and-putting-away portion of this task leaves something to be desired. For the time being, Ive introduced a secondary system: Clothing has been divided into heaps by wearer and currently resides on the playroom couch. If you need something, look there. If you cant find it, its packed. Find something else. Clothing: I dont care what the thermometer reads, its shorts season. You have an ample supply of shorts and shirts. Ive also left out one or two sweatshirts for chilly mornings/evenings. If the temperature goes below freezing, Ill dig through to find you a light jacket. Short of that, youre strong and tough; Im sure a little light calisthenics will warm you right up. I would also like to take a minute to congratulate both you on being the same size right now. Excellent timing! Interchangeable clothing really does make things simpler. Linens: The sheets currently on your beds are there for the duration. Use them responsibly. I do have an emergency pillowcase tucked away. Dont make me use it. Most of our towels are wrapped around something expensive and/or breakable. Try to conserve what Ive left out for us (the threadbare, shredded remains). Drip dry whenever possible. Food: Grocery shopping as we know it has been suspended. I want to move as little food from house to house as possible. As we make our way through the remaining items, expect combinations to become increasingly (bizarre) eclectic, or as I like to call it, Fusion. Dad and I will try to keep the essentials in the house. For our purposes, consider essentials to be caffeine, milk, and more caffeine. Also, two words: Paper plates. Use them, love them, throw them away. Screen Time: I know that your home life recently has taken on a kind of a Lord of the Flies with take-out pizza and wifi vibe. Fun as it might have been at the beginning, Im sure we can all agree its gotten a little old. It will not continue much longer. Plan on stepping out of the basement and away from the computer/iPad/Xbox! There is life beyond Minecraft! We are moving to a bigger house, with a bigger yard, on a bigger street, with more kids. Were even going to be able to locate your bikes and sports equipment! Embrace and enjoy! All joking aside, I have to thank you both for rolling with all of the changes and interruptions that weve gone through in the last few months with preparing, showing, selling, and packing. Dad and I truly feel it will all be worth it. Only when you have kids of your own, will you understand that everything we do, we do with your best interest at heart. We so look forward to returning to our normal family life in our wonderful new home. No matter where we live, we are our family. Home Sign This week's blog post written by Realtor Associate, Christine Curtin. Christine is currently up to her eyeballs in bubble wrap and packing tape and she, her husband, and two sons prepare to move "in less than two weeks". Contact Christine at: christine.curtin@shanahanre.com

Moving With School-Aged Kids

I am a Realtor. At this particular juncture, I'm also a home buyer and seller, a wife, and a working mom. Moving with school-aged kids. I know this process and I've been here before helping others through exactly this transition. This time, I'm just a wee bit anxious. Cause this time, it's personal. There are two schools of thought regarding moving with school-aged kids:
  1. Move over the summer so they're not walking into a new school in the middle of already established friendships, groups, and cliques.
  2. Move during the school year and you're instantly introducing your school-aged kids to a ready-made set of potential friends who, at a minimum, share a classroom and an age.
In our case, we are moving just a few towns away - and have an amazingly creative Realtor (ahem), who was able to coordinate our sell and buy to coincide with the end of the school year. I like to think we've done at least a few things right in preparing our kids for "The Move." Moving with School Aged Kids In the beginning:
  • Let them know why you're moving - Do you need a bigger house? More land? Are you interested a particular school system? Is the move job-related?
  • WIFM - what's in it for me? Talk to them about their wish lists and try and incorporate those into your own.
  • Don't be surprised when "POOL" repeatedly comes up as the kids' number one priority.
  • Take them with you (occasionally) to open houses or out with your buyer's agent so they better understand the process.
  • Ask for their input.
Validate their feelings and work to lessen their anxieties (and yours):
  • Let them know it's a little scary for you, too - but also exciting!
  • Make sure they know that although you're moving, they'll still have their friends - if it's a relatively close move, plan some playdates!
  • Find out about your new town. Look into extracurriculars, sports, clubs, and camps where they can meet future classmates/BFFs.
After you've found The House
  • Make an appointment to see the house again. Show them which rooms will be theirs - or ask them which they'd like. Let them get sense for what the house will feel like when it's just your family at home.
  • Point out any features which are particularly appealing - the finished basement that can fit a ping pong table and the 'sledable' area of the backyard were big hits for us!
  • Think features and benefits - with a bigger room, won't it be great to have sleep-overs?
  • Take drives around the neighborhood (don't feel weird; we all get a little stalker-ish during this period), point out basketball hoops, kids playing, bicycles, and other obvious signs of kid-dom.
  • Make an appointment to see the school and possibly have your child shadow another kid to get a feel for how the building looks and sounds when school is in session.
Once you're in:
  • Step out of your own comfort zone. Go out of your way to chat up your new neighbors and get the lay of the land. The sooner you feel comfortable, the sooner they will as well.
  • Last but not least, a little bribe never hurts. Remember when you brought your first child to the hospital to meet your second? Remember there may have been a wonderful little 'big brother/sister' present waiting from the baby? Same deal. It doesn't need to be big- something as simple as a cool, fun sprinkler to play with in the new yard.
Around here, we're still in negotiations about a trampoline.