Notice: You are going to lose your children soon

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Industry Observer

A couple years ago, I wrote about the importance of making your lifestyle upgrades as soon as it is physically possible.  One of the most prevalent reasons for upgrading is to make life's experiences better for your children.  The fact is that children are perishable.  They expire on or about their eighteenth birthday, and any child-helping things you want to do for them have to be done in eighteen years.  If they were ten when I wrote about lifestyle upgrades for your kids, there is now 25% less time for them to enjoy that upgrade before they stop being children.  If you either ignored the message in 2009, or if you simply put off taking action, it's time to take another look.

If your home is too small for your family's comfort, or if another location would suit your family's needs better, now is the time to get serious about a change.  Yes, you are going to lose your children to adulthood soon, and the years will peel away faster than you can imagine.  Waiting for the market to do whatever you think it will do will cost you dearly.  Dreams are meant to come to fruition before they fade into nothing but missed opportunities.  You will be a parent forever, but you will only have children for a short time.

Call or email if you want to discuss real estate buying or selling and whether it makes sense for you.  You and your family deserve the opportunity to pursue a better life.

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 Mike Carlier  Lakeville, MN

 

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Rainmaker
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Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Great reminder about the quality of life far outweighing anything else.

Dec 18, 2011 05:10 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
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Such a good reason to remember every day to live on purpose.

Dec 18, 2011 06:22 AM #2
Rainer
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Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Mike~I have to say I couldn't wait for my kids to move-out and start their own lives. Now several years have passed, and I can't wait to see them. Funny how things have changed.

Dec 18, 2011 07:04 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

Liz, Everything we do is to improve the quality of our lives or the lives of someone we love.  Some of us get so wrapped up in the process that we forget our primary goals.  When the goals include children, the clock often runs out while we're not paying attention.

Lindsey, nobody could put it more concisely.  Always live on purpose.

Michael, sons and daughters can come home to visit, or even to live with you, but your children are no longer children.  That's how it's supposed to work, and that's why we have to remember that we only have children for about eighteen years gate to gate. 

Dec 18, 2011 07:56 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

Mike,  you are so right.  They don't stay around very long.  Also great advice

Dec 18, 2011 12:26 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

Randi, that's something most of us don't notice until we're looking in the rear view mirror.  It's why I stress the perishability of children to young families.

Dec 19, 2011 01:14 AM #6
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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I like the analogy....Children are perishable.  You write very well.

Dec 19, 2011 06:23 AM #7
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Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
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Thanks, Ron.  Although there are a few things that should have been done differently, I have few regrets about "losing" my children.  They made their transition to adulthood very well, and my only concern with them today is geographic.

Dec 20, 2011 03:05 AM #8
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