Where is the Heart of Your Home?

by D.D. Dolan 05/19/2019

You know the cliché, "Home is Where the Heart Is," well, every home can and should have a heart as well. The heart is the place where you and your family spend the most time together, make memories and grow. You might already have a special place in your home, established by activities you do together, but you might not. Here are some thoughtful ideas to help you find or create the heart of your home.

Your house, along with a bit of work from you too, should help bring your family together. The kids might have separate rooms, and there might be multiple floors, but there is always a place to spend time with each other, you simply have to find it. Think about the types of things you do with your family, or want to do, and how you can establish a central point in your home to help.

Family meals. You and your kids have busy lives and varying schedules, but everyone needs to eat right? Try putting a family mealtime in place to allow some time for you to enjoy each other’s company and communicate as a family. Maybe you can have a family breakfast each morning, or always have dinner at the table together and hear about everyone's day. If a daily get-together isn't possible, try a recurring weekend brunch or Sunday dinner where you all set aside the time to be together. 

Game night or movie night. If you’re not big on cooking or family meals don’t work you’re your schedule, try implementing a weekly game or movie night. You can make snacks together, and all curl up on the couch. You can take turns selecting the movie and learn more about each other’s interests. Perhaps getting into a tv show as a family will help you all set aside an hour each week to do something everyone likes while getting in some good family time. A family game night at the table or in the backyard is another excellent way to be together. Are your kids into sports? Have a weekly family pick-up game. Are you great at cards? Teach your kids a new card game and let them teach you a new game the next week. Maybe you’re huge football fans and can make a pact to always watch the game together during the season. 

Your family members might all have different interests, but there is always some common ground you can find. Take some time, and maybe some input from your family, to figure out what that thing is and use it to help you develop your relationships for a long-lasting closeness and friendship with each other. 

Talk with your professional real estate agent about the home features that are important to securing continuous family time with your loved ones. They can help make sure your new home continues to support your family growth.

About the Author
Author

D.D. Dolan

SReS SRS GRI e-PRO

First, let me be clear about what I am not. I am not just another salesperson. I am a service professional. Buying or selling your home is a significant and often emotional event in your life; it is not at all the same as buying a product in a store. Choosing the right Real Estate Professional to assist you is essential. Just as you rely on your attorney or accountant to serve your interests with honesty, diligence and integrity, so can you rely on me to represent your real estate interests in the same manner. Real Estate is a Service Profession and my approach is Client-Oriented. Identifying the clients' needs is the first, and most important step in the practice of Real Estate. My skills, dedication, and "straight talk”, combined with enthusiasm and professionalism make me a valuable asset to the buyers and sellers I represent. I will help you easily navigate the complexities of the Real Estate process for a superior service experience. 

EXPERIENCE: 

Re-sales and new construction, across all segments of the residential market: Single-family homes, Condominiums, and Co-operatives 

DESIGNATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

Licensed Associate Broker, New York State 

Member, National Association of Realtors 

Member, New York State Association of Realtors 

Seller Representative Specialist Seniors Real Estate Specialist 

Graduate, Realtor Institute 

e-Pro Certified 

Certified Home Marketing Specialist 

Past President, White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival

EDUCATION: 

BA in Political Science with Minors in English and History from William Smith College, Geneva, New York

2 years attendance Syracuse University College of Law