"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body"  
 

They say that two of the most stressful situations in life are moving house and having children.  Why is it then, when we hear the patter of tiny feet we decide to buy a new home?


As a mother with two young children, I understand fully the impact that children play in making that all-important decision in choosing a home. 

Below are some things for you think about or wish for in a new home:

 

OPEN CONCEPT KITCHEN: An open concept kitchen/play area is key parental piece of mind as it will enable you to watch your children while you prepare the meals.  Important to, as your children get older, working together in the kitchen making cookies and cupcakes makes for some really rewarding quality time and its great to be able to have the space to do that.

KITCHEN VIEW OF PLAYING AREA: A view of the backyard is a great asset if your children are happily playing outside and don't want to come in. If you have a clear view of their playing area, there is not need for them to come in which makes for a happy child and parent!  Within the home also, having an open concept kitchen/living room with an island to work from facing the kids in the living room is very helpful...trust me, I know from experience, you don't want your kids in another room, out of sight before the age of 6...I have had some very unique redecorating incidents I would rather forget!

ALL BEDROOMS ON ONE LEVEL: So many homes are being built with the master suite on a different level to the rest of the bedrooms. GREAT for the older family with teenage children and for the more mature buyer. For younger families, however, it's much easier to have all the bedrooms on one level. This will enable you to hear your children well and have less travel time between floors in the early hours of the morning for those little emergencies when they have to go to the bathroom or are feeling ill. It also means they can come to you more easily if they need you.

STROLLER PARKING: With all the funky high tech strollers available you would think they would park themselves! Unfortunetly not, but until that time, its important to consider having a safe place to store yours when you come home. Somewhere where you can place it and remove the children inside your home. Having a little alcove or an area of the garage where you can remove baby without getting wet or cold is very handy.

GARAGE ATTACHED TO THE HOUSE: For those times when your child falls asleep in the car and you want to move them without exposing them to the elements simply stop and park your car in the garage and use the internal door to your house....PERFECT, and hopefully they are still asleep...sssshhhhh

YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD: One of the most wonderful things about living in Prince Edward Island is that we have great neighbourhoods.  Activites for children outside the home are essential for well-rounded development, they are also a great way for parents to meet new people, especially if you are new to the area.  I have some excellent resources to hand which were a life saver for me when I moved here and I'm sure they will help you too.

I look forward to helping you and your family find the perfect home.

Have a great day!

Melanie Press, Your Family Realtor®


 Simply The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies...Ever!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour,

1 teaspoon baking soda,

1 teaspoon salt,

1 cup of butter (softened),

3/4 cup of soft brown sugar (firmly packed),

3/4 cup of white sugar,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

2 eggs,

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips,

1 cup chopped nuts (optional, but so yummy)

Method:

Preheat Oven to 375°

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt

In a large bowl, combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. beat until the mixture is creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop the cookie mixture by the tablespoon on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 - 11 minutes until golden brown.

This receipe makes about 3 dozen (2 1/3") cookies.

Enjoy!

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