Staging with my Kids

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Home Stager with Currant Designs & Home Staging

It's sad and Dr Laura would probably not approve but my kids know the terminology of my profession.  They're 6 and 4.  When I tell them we have to work after school, they'll ask, "Is it just a consultation or are we staging?" Indeed, "Do we have to work today?" is an often heard question when I pick my kids up from school.

Such is the life of a working mom but not wanting her kids in daycare any more than necessary working mom.  So actually, I'm not sure about Dr. Laura's opinion here.  They're not in daycare.  I have to work.  I make my own hours and run my own business.  I'm teaching them about hard work, determination, business ownership and responsibility.  They are learning.  We are together.

But I do feel the quilt.  I see that they're tired some days when I really have to get a job done. I write about this today because my husband returns to his school administrative job today and I have the kids until school starts in August.  They'll have some days that they can lay around by the pool but we'll also have some days where we have to go to work.  It's going to be a long month.

Amy Jeffrey, Currant Design and Home Staging

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Teresa Meyer
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Amy: Are the kids with you during a consultation?  How do you handle that with the client?

Jul 21, 2008 06:56 AM #1
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Emma Vargas

Amy-  Although I've never had my kids with me at a Consultation or meeting with clients, they do come with me when I'm staging and de-staging vacants.  Several times, I've had the seller or agent run into my two kids (7 and 10 yr. old) at the house.  My kids are usually pretty helpful, they know the routine and are pretty well behaved, so they don't embarrass me (most of the time).  But sometimes I have to wonder what the Realtor or homeowner is thinking.  I probably won't stop brining them because I have no other choice, but just curious to know how others felt about the subject.  Do you think maybe it hurts our business when we bring our kids along?  Does it seem unprofessional?  Emma

Jul 21, 2008 03:15 PM #2
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Susan Smith
Rooms That Work LLC - Sandy Hook, CT

Wow - you're brave!  I have a 3 yr old and 7 yr old, and handle most of my appts in the evenings or weekends (which works great for most client's needing consultations).  I do wish I had family in town for last minute day gigs.  In fall, I'll have more time to work...but for now, we are doing a fair amount of pool-side fun.  BTW - I wouldn't worry about Dr. Laura...she's rather biased!

Jul 22, 2008 08:43 AM #3
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Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home! - Greenville, SC
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Hi Amy!

Our daughters are 14 and 17 (almost 18). They were 4 and 6, just yesterday.

They are our junior stagers, they are contracted and they are paid. They aren't in the homes we stage, but rather, help us pick colors (they know fresh when they see it), clean the props, keep the storage room neat, write notes to clients and do some administrative work, too.

We think it very important that we remember we are raising adults, not children. Our girls need to know that they are here on the planet not only to use their God-given gifts, but also to help others use their gifts.

Do our girls need to be stagers when they "grow up"? No, they only need to realize that life comes with joys and sacrifices and lots of hard work that they will be rewarded for if they don't give up.

I applaud you for teaching your children early that they are an important part of your life and that you need their energy and insight as much as they need you. You are doing life with them instead of leaving them out. And we think that's awesome!

Also, don't forget to give them lots of hugs and kisses!

~Leslie

Jul 22, 2008 09:10 AM #4
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Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Hi Amy,

I have 4 children and when I started Staging they were 2-7 years old and I was also homeschooling them.  So I built my business in the evenings and on weekends.   My husband also worked full-time, so I just did not really have a choice, and the times that I did bring them out on consultations, it was not good because invariably they'd get into a little issue, or have to go to the bathroom, etc.

I have included my blog post for you to read . . . and I hope you get some encouragement out of it, and maybe even some ideas. - Jennie

http://activerain.com/blogsview/44356/STAGING-WITH-CHILDREN-finding

 

Jul 22, 2008 10:47 AM #5
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
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If you are teaching them the value of work and also giving them the love of their mom...then KUDOS to you. At times this may be a turn off for some realtors as it may not seem the most professional thing to do. I did need to bring my grandson with me to an estimate one day. I had already seen the house, picked the furniture and was just going back with my rep to confirm our picks, so I brought my grandson. He started out great, everyone got a kick out of him as he walked from room to room "designing the place". All was great until he ran into a painter that frightened him and he had a full blown panic attack and kicked and screamed until I removed him from the property. NOT GOOD.

So I say be wise when and where you take them otherwise schedule appts around them for now.

Phyllis Pafumi

Jul 22, 2008 10:58 AM #6
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