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Ways to Help Kids Adapt to a Move

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We all know that moving can be stressful. Add to that the confusion and anxiety that a child may feel at leaving their familiar little world, and all of a sudden moving into that new place can be downright traumatic.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a list of some things you can do to ease your child’s transition to a new home.

  • Look for children’s books about packing, moving and getting used to a new house. See what’s available at your local library, or search online for titles. There’s plenty to choose from.
  • Talk to your kids. Explain why you’re moving in an age-appropriate way. Keep it simple and clear. An older child will understand the concept of a job transfer but a younger child might find the idea of moving to a place with more room to play a more compelling explanation. Understanding the reason behind a move will help your child better absorb the reality.
  • Changing schools as the result of a move presents its own special challenges. If you have elementary-school age children, try to visit the new school with your child before he or she starts attending. Ask to meet the teachers, tour the classrooms, and maybe spend some time at the school with your youngster. Encourage your older children to do some online research into their new school; help them explore its academic opportunities, clubs and athletics.
  • Whenever possible, involve children in some of the decisions. If you’re looking at homes for sale together, ask them for their opinions. Ask where they’d place a bed and toys in their new room, or have them pick a new paint color.
  • You might be ready for new furniture and decor, but young children might have an easier time adjusting to a new home if some familiar pieces from the previous home stick around. So don’t rush to redecorate. Familiar items may ease your youngster’s transition.
  • Try to set up your child’s new room as soon as possible, even before the rest of the house is under control. Order, calm and your child’s favorite toys easily within reach will go a long way in making him or her feel settled.
  • If possible, revisit your former neighborhood or invite your child’s friends from there to your new place. That reconnection with the past, even if it’s brief, can help your child move forward.

NEWS FLASH Call Your Member Of Congress Today To Protect The Mortgage Interest Deduction

NEWS FLASH

Call your member of congress today to protect the mortgage interest deduction
Congress, as part of negotiations on avoiding the “Fiscal Cliff,” has made direct references to
“closing loopholes” and “limiting deductions” as a way to raise revenues. Clearly, the mortgage
interest deduction is high on this list of revenue raisers.

Losing the mortgage interest deduction will disproportionately affect the middle class because a
larger proportion of the middle class takes the deduction. In California 89% of those who took
the mortgage interest deduction earned less than $200,000. Losing the deduction would cost
the average California taxpayer over $3,900.

What you can do to help:

Call Congress. First and foremost, we are urging the public to get involved by calling Congress
to ask that the mortgage interest deduction be preserved. The public may reach Congress by
calling 202-224-3121. The Capitol switchboard operator will help callers identify their member of
Congress and connect them.

The public can reach Congress by calling (202) 224-3121.

Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern Time.

Get the word out. Many people seem to be blissfully unaware that their mortgage interest
deduction is in danger. Please do the following to make sure that the message spreads.

1. Forward this message to your family, friends, and clients.

2. Post this information on your personal and office websites and blogs.

3. Share this information on Facebook and urge others to share it as well.

4. Tweet about it on Twitter and urge others to retweet. Use the hashtag: #keepthemid.

5. Link to the following web page: www.KeepTheMID.com. This site has information about
contacting Congress, more information on the MID, and links to articles.

6. As you see new information and articles, share these on all your social networking sites.
Watch a video about preserving the MID at http://bcove.me/vfsh7hh4

 

 

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