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Chicago Parent “Shorts”

 

I came across this great article on helicopter parenting around the world - “A Cure for Hyper-Parenting”

Apparently, it’s not just Americans who are hyper parents!

helicopter parenting

In short, here’s what the NY Times article by Pamela Druckerman instructs us about good parenting:

1. Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti say intensive parenting springs from “rising inequality, because parents know there’s a bigger payoff for people with lots of education and skills.” Maybe – I haven’t done a lot of thinking on this. I read that this phenomenon is creating an even greater gap between the “haves” and “have nots” who can’t afford tutors, test prep, private sports coaches….

2.  People around the world are breeding later in life, when they’re richer and more grateful, so the whole parenting experience becomes “hallowed”. Makes sense – it also stands to reason that having kids after “achieving” in the workplace means there’s one more place to show off our “achievement-driven” sensibilities…

Advice

Here’s the advice Ms. Druckerman gives in the article- many of which are cited from other sources. She did a great job of putting gathering some useful nuggets:

  • Keep Calm and Parent On — expect more from your kids – even though it can be messy
  • Kid parties should be DROP-OFFS – use the time for yourself! Between the mid-1990s and 2008, college-educated American moms began spending more than nine additional hours per week on child care; this came directly out of their leisure time.
  • Enjoy the MOMENT- don’t always push for a Harvard degree. Said a better way: “total commitment to the process, total equanimity about the outcome.”
  • Most parenting crises are caused by exhaustion – try sleeping more and attacking issues when calm and rested.
  • Have less stuff-  the more you have, the more you have to organize, take care of, repair, and think about.
  • Work-life balance is nearly impossible to achieve- FORGIVE YOURSELF!
  • Teach emotional intelligence to your kids- and live it yourself- size up the other individual before you care what they think of you!
  • Enact the Mandela rule – “You can get what you want by showing people ordinary respect.”

Curling Parents

I love this:

Scandinavians complain of “curling parents,” a reference to the sport in which you frantically scrub the ice to let a stone glide across it.

curling parent

Maybe even a better analogy than a helicopter?!?!

 

 

Senior Move Managers – Professional Chicago real estate services

 

senior real estate specialistPerhaps the greatest obstacle in seniors taking the step to downsize, or “right-size” is being overwhelmed with the vision of organizing/moving their lifetime of treasures.

This week, the New York Times wrote an article about this problem, and the use of organizers and senior move managers was discussed.  (read entire article here).

Professional Organizers

There have been professional organizers around for a while. Using one can be a lifesaver! We hired one when we moved from the Gold Coast to Ravenswood (I was in Paraguay at the time- Tom was working his full time job AND managing the move AND our 1 year old Thomas!). She was terrific – we were very grateful for her help.

If you’re interested in finding a great home organizer, I can refer you to one, or you can look at the website for the National Association of Professional Organizers – NAPO (see website here).

 

Association of Senior Move Managers

use a senior move manager

The article also talked about the Association of Senior Move Managers. I knew very little about this group, but was immediately intrigued.

I read a terrific article (read it here) which described what they do and why you should hire one:

1. Eliminate the potential for exploitation of seniors.

2. Downsize your aging parent’s home in an organized and dignified manner.

3. The aging parent feels in control of the moving process.

4.  Move managers are often like a general contractor.

5. Eliminate stress on the family.

6. Move managers have useful tricks-of-the-trade up their sleeves.

Chicago Senior Move Managers

I immediately searched for a local Senior Move Manager, and behold! One lives just around the corner!

I met Marnie Dawson for coffee, and we had a great chat. I learned that she’s been in the business since 2006, and has helped many people with their moves.

Marnie’s business, Dawson Relocation, incorporates the best of home organization with tips and tricks for an efficient, well-priced move. Marnie helps with estate moves, as well as seniors who are “right-sizing”. She works with both the seniors AND their adult children, helping everyone make the move as stress-free as possible.

Marnie is delightful to be around, and she has a great command of this real estate niche. After spending an hour with Marnie, learning about her business, her mission, and her past experiences, I am going to recommend her to families looking for help with moving. She is a great asset to your Senior Moving Team!

First Steps in Moving

If you (or your parents) are considering downsizing, or “right-sizing”, the first step should be to call your Senior Real Estate Specialist, Anne Rossley. We’ll develop a plan for making the next step a stress-free and enjoyable transition!

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Chicago Bungalows for Sale

 

Chicago Bungalows are often the best way for new buyers to purchase a single family home in the city –

  • They’re affordably priced — often in the $350 – $450K price range,
  • They offer great incentives – historic and energy tax rebates, historic property tax freeze opportunities…, and
  • As a single family home, owners can enjoy privacy, a yard, and a basement/garage that isn’t available with condos.

There are many great Chicago Bungalows available for sale now – let me know if you’d like to begin searching for your Historic Chicago Bungalow Dream Home!

Select the link below if you want to see the best available homes for sale today, along with photos of the interiors*

Chicago Bungalow Homes for Sale-  Buyer Tour

Remember- these are NOT my listings- however, I would be delighted to represent you
as you consider purchasing a new home.

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorites…

Today’s “Best Rehab Option” Chicago Bungalow:

4917 kostner - chicago bungalow

4917 N Kostner

Estate Sale

$249,000

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“Best Value” Chicago Bungalow:

4901 kenneth-chicago bungalow

4901 N Kenneth

$249,900

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Best Retro Bathroom Chicago Bungalow:

2636 W Farwell chicago

2636 W Farwell

$319,000

Don’t you LOVE this pink bathroom?!?!

West Ridge Historic Bungalow District – Estate Sale

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“Won’t sell from the online photos” Award:

4827 lowell

4827 N Lowell

$339,000

It might be darling, but you wouldn’t know it from the pictures.

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“Doesn’t sound possible award” :

3622 artesian

 3622 N Artesian

4 Bedroom

Bell School District

$420,000

Sounds impossible, right?!

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Craftsman bungalow of the week:

3800 Lawndale

3800 N Lawndale

$629,000

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Highest Priced Bungalow:

2616 W Windsor

2616 W Windsor

$825,000

Ravenswood Gardens – Lincoln Square

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Let me know if you’d like email alerts when new bungalows become available!

Or, bookmark this link to see the current list of bungalows for sale on Chicago’s north side:

Bungalows for Sale Today

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Anne Rossley

773-620-5333

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