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3 Family Traditions to Establish in Your New Home

by Cindy Ross 07/28/2019

Moving your family into a new home brings with it a sense of renewal and excitement. Perhaps you also moved to a new city or a new neighborhood. While a big move comes with challenges, it also presents incredible opportunities for your family’s lifestyle. Take this time to implement positive change in your household by establishing new traditions with your family. Some of the best traditions you can create are cost-effective and can bring your family together with a greater sense of closeness. Here are five great traditions to try out with your partner and children. 

#1 — Movie Night or Game Night, or both

A great family activity you can implement immediately is family movie night. Pick one night each week when your kids don’t have an after-school activity and establish a movie night. You can try picking out a movie as a family or let each family member pick out a film on rotation each week. With the rotation method, everyone gets to watch something of their preference at some point, and your family can learn about each other’s interests. Having a family game night is another way to get your kids together. Following the movie night method outlined above, you can take turns selecting a game to play each week to have fun and get to know each other better. 

#2 — Family Meal

The combination of your work schedule and all the available after-school activities for your kids may make it impossible to have the whole family together for dinner every night. Establishing at least one morning or evening each week where the entire family sits down for a meal and catches up on the events of the week is essential to your family bonding. You want to know what’s going on in your children’s lives and you want to teach them to care about each other’s lives. Whether it’s one meal each day or a couple of days a week or just one day a week this time together will prove useful in having the family lifestyle you desire. 

Bonus Idea: Each week have a special mealtime or day when the kids are in charge of cooking, with your help of course. Work with your children to teach them to design and prepare a meal and have fun while instilling life skills they’ll need when they become adults. 

#3 — Family Reading Hour

Select a book or, better yet, a series of books to read with your kids. Make time for reading together for an hour or so a few days a week, or a couple of chapters each evening. Start by reading to your children and as they learn to read have them take turns contributing to the out loud reading time, maybe just a page or paragraph at a time. Of course, as your kids start to grow up, their interests will change, and they may not be able to agree on a book to read together. Keep the tradition alive by continuing family reading hour a few times each week and ask that everyone gather in the same room to read to themselves while being with family. 

Tip: Ask your children, and lead by example, to leave cell phones, tablets, and other devices in their rooms during these established family times. Though you may get a little push-back at first allowing your family to focus on each other a few different times each week will strengthen the bond between you and your children and will keep your family together long-term.

As you finish moving into your new home take some time with your partner and children to figure out what traditions you want to explore and start trying different activities out. You’ll soon be on your way to creating those memorable moments you desire for your family.

About the Author
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Cindy Ross

As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. Here are some of the things I can do for you:

Find Your Next Home

You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home

Sell a Home

When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.

Consult on Home Selling Tactics

Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.

Here's what some of my recent clients have said about me!

Debra and DeWayne

We began looking for a vacation/retirement home in Buckeye AZ early in 2010. We flew to AZ and met with Cindy, who showed us about 18 houses in 3 days. She was organized and showed up with a plan. Some realtors waste time showing potential buyers homes that are not within their specifications, but Cindy did not do that. She knew our time was limited and didn't waste a single second of it. Although we did not buy at that time, Cindy stayed in touch with us via email and phone for the next 18 months. During that time frame, she worked with us to submit 2 offers on 2 homes that eventually fell through when the banks took them to foreclosure. When we found a 3rd home, which turned out to be the perfect house, Cindy had moved to northern Phoenix but stepped in to assist us with the purchase. Everything was smooth and quick and Cindy was in constant contact with us, following up to make sure all documents were signed on time and nothing went wrong. Our patience and Cindy's perseverance paid off....we ended up with the perfect house! We cant say enough good things about Cindy. If you are lucky enough to get her as your realtor, good for you!! She is wonderful.

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