Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 8)

This is a continuation of our series, ‘Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House’. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to read parts 1-7 first.

Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 1)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 2)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 3)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 4)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 5)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 6)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 7)

Rewards, Rewards, Rewards

You’re going to have to pull out all the stops on this one! Be generous and lenient. And I mean to everyone. Reward your kids. Reward yourself. I’m sure I’ve said it once or twice before in this series, but buying and selling a home is a very emotional and stressful process for the whole family. Not to mention, a serious amount of hard work! You owe it to yourself and your family to find ways to relax, enjoy a special treat together and reward everyone for their hard work.

I have lost track of the number of times we ended up showing our house, but we had at least 13 open houses and another half a dozen private showings. We all worked our butts off and sometimes this meant not doing something we had planned or missing out on some quality time. We even had to adjust birthday party plans. Find a way to reschedule or substitute for the missed opportunities.

The most important thing to remember is to cut everyone a break and treat yourselves together! Although we were surprised to gain some treasured quality moments with our kids during the work, the down time together was the best. We tried several different things, but we found that during the open was a great time to celebrate a job well done. We were often evicted, so to speak, right around lunchtime, so taking the kids out for a bite to eat was a very popular treat. We don’t normally eat out very often, so this became a must-have for them!

If we stayed fairly close to home, we had time to eat and then do something else. Other times, we would get sandwiches and eat in the car while we took a drive somewhere. A couple of times we went to other open houses, but we settled in to more entertainment activities as time wore on. Here are several ideas for things we have done that you might enjoy as well.

  • Early dinner at Ruby Tuesday – the kids love getting the salad bar!
  • Sandwiches at a local restaurant that had a great view of the summer airshow
  • Quick lunch, Starbucks for coffees and then off to the playground where we sipped and they played
  • Light sandwiches and then off to Big Lots for some cheap new outdoor toys for the summer
  • Quick lunch and then to the library to take out some new books
  • Off to Grandma and Grandpa’s for dinner
  • Lunch and then ice cream at the local ice cream stand
  • Quick lunch and then shopping so the kids could spend the money they’ve been earning

Chuck and Friends Set of 6 Vehicles

Chuck and Friends Set of 6 Vehicles

Depending on how things were going with the buying and selling process, there were times when the kids really needed a pick-me-up. There were disappointments along the way and points where things just weren’t looking too promising. One weekend we were all pretty bummed and we could tell that the kids were really not feeling all that jazzed about this whole endeavor. So, we took them over to Big Lots to let them pick out a new toy. Summer was about half over and during that week we had several times when the kids wanted something that was packed away or they were just missing their stuff. The girls went for mermaid dolls and my son picked a couple of small vehicles that did cool things. For the baby, it was a set of Chuck and Friends vehicles. All were big hits and although they thought they were buying them out of their own money, we surprised them at the register by paying the bill. We made sure to let them know that it was for their hard work.

Encouragement is the key to long-term participation from the kids, especially when they get down right sick of all the fuss. We do this with words of praise, many thank-you’s, lots of affection and even extra money (other than allowance) when they really work hard. Whether it’s eating out, going somewhere cool, a sweet treat or a trip to the store, they know that it’s a reward for all of us. We are very confident that they know how important they are in the process, how important the work they do is and just how much we appreciate them toughing it out with us.

And don’t forget the grown-ups! You guys need a break too, so don’t be afraid to plan in a treat for yourself. I know that I always enjoyed having a meal out instead of cooking, and it was certainly nice to come home to a house that was immaculate, so those were pretty nice perks for me. However, a nice coffee and just sitting and relaxing with nothing to do for a little while but enjoy my family was something that I began to look forward to as time went on. Making sure everyone gets a little something will help re-energize your team and get you to the goal!

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Read the whole series:
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 1)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 2)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 3)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 4)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 5)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 6)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 7)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 8)

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One Response to Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 8)

  1. Meagan says:

    Wow that is awesome advice! thanks for sharing :)

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