House hunting with small children can be a trying experience. Little ones (ages six and under) do not do well for more than one or two homns at a time. Their patience wears thin and emotions flair. So what's a parent to do when they need to house hunt and babysitters aren't available?
I have found the easiest solution to be simple and cheap. Incentivize the little ones to be good for as long as possible with a reward system. My reward system of late is a collection of stickers. For each house the little ones make it through without touching other people's things, yelling, screaming, running or jumping, they get a sticker.
It's a good old fashioned bribe! With stickers there is no need to worry about food allergies and parent imposed dietary restrictions. There's no food involved, just a sheet of colorful, sticky fun. And if you have siblings, why not get a competition going for who can collect the most stickers?
So next time you need to avoid a sticky situation while house hunting with younger children, stick it to 'em!
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155. To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com. Or you can visit her website: www.nvarealestate.net.
Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.
The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.