Unattended kids will be given an Espresso ...

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Unattended kids will be given an Espresso and a free puppy!


When working with families with young children, a little understanding, emergency preparedness and humor can go a long way!


Whether or not kids should be taken along on home tours is always a hot topic. I happen to not only not mind but to welcome them. I love working with families. Perhaps it's because I've been very fortunate with most of my clients and have no horror stories to tell about kids jumping on beds, breaking a mirror, climbing on the roof, tasting the cat's food ... *quick, knock on wood*

Perhaps it's because I am a mom and that very fact has been a home-tour saver more than once. I recall the one instance when Lil' Joe really had to use the bathroom but the house we were looking at had been winterized. As it so happened, I had an emergency pull-up in my mom-tool bag. Major crisis prevented.

Another time I was able to distract the 2-year old daughter with an Elmo-phone that was a big hit with my daughter and always in my car. Lots of buttons to push and sounds to discover ... it kept her happy and occupied for quite some time.

Kids will be kids, sometimes they'll listen and sometimes they wont. The key is to not push your luck. If they have a not-so-good day, dragging out the time they are not allowed to touch anything will just result in stomping feet and pouty faces. How much fun is that for mom, dad & the Realtor®? Exactly.

Home tours are not the most exciting thing for a little child, thus a little understanding and emergency-preparedness will go a long way.

Have a special new toy handy. Bring a healthy snack. Cut the home tour short and reschedule for another day if a melt-down is eminent or take a little break. Take them outside to watch the deer/birds/grasshoppers so mom and dad can take another look ... 

In my experience, parents do set the ground rules for their children. But should I ever happen to be in a situation when that is not so clear, I would try it with some humor first. Just like the Antiques store we visited recently which sported the sign:

"Unattended kids will be given an Espresso and a free puppy!"

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ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ~ THOMPSON COMPANY, REALTORS ~ LIVING MARYLAND BLIPS

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Glenn Freezman
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Be careful how you treat the children, they are the next generation of home buyers.  We have owned a store call We're Not All Nuts  for 37 years and can tell you that treating the kids like the customers makes for an easier transaction all the way around.  Builds long term appreciation from the new up and coming future buyers.  I believe it also builds the opportuntity for a child to learn something about the real world.  To many times i see a seperation between a great life lesson and messengers. 

July 10, 2012 10:21 AM
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It's difficult for me to have the children around.  Not because I don't like them, I do -- even had one of 'em myself.  But the "phone" theory rings true. Ever been on the phone and the minute you do, the kids go off the deep end? Yeah, it's like that when taking them into a home that's for sale.

July 10, 2012 01:56 PM
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Andrea Bedard
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Thompson Company Realtors

Hi Bob, I'm confident this was an exception!

Hi Lloyd, very funny! Well, a pull-up is the step b/w diaper and big kid underwear. Since I little ones, an emergency supply is a must.

Hi Christine, thank you. No doubt about that!

Hi Pamela, thank you and good to see you around!

Hi Phil, I saw it at an Antique store south of Williamsburg.. loved it and had to take a picture of it.

Hi Glenn, love your input on this topic & couldn't agree more!

Hi Carla, I get it, my girls are practicing the perfection of the phone theory ;-)

July 10, 2012 08:38 PM
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

I have had rental prospects show up with kids and animals and leave them in their car * I always suggest that they be brought in just to allow more time for the showing AND to see how they interact.....leaving a pet in a 100 degree car is not a good idea for however long it may be

July 11, 2012 01:11 AM
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Kasey & John Boles - Jon Gosche Real Estate
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I have not had too big of a problem, but I really don't like when the parents let the kids play with things and don't keep them with the rest of us, just letting them roam around and do as they please.  I do not like to become a babysitter.  I love that you have emergency stuff - the pull ups is hilarious.  I hate to admit it but I've had a client let her son pee in the backyard of a house we were looking at.  I certainly did not approve of it, and they did it before I knew what was going on, but the home had no water and I guess there was very little alternative.....-Kasey

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