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Relocating home tough on children

Why kids' opinions matter when moving
Published on Dec 1, 2006

When a family embarks on a new home project, how democratic should the decision-making be? Should Mom and Dad decide everything or should the kids have some say? There is no one-size-fits-all answer. The participation of the kids depends on the family, their style of parenting and the age of the kids, therapists who work with families said in recent interviews. Some parents will welcome their kids' input because they think that the more engaged their children are with the new house, the easier it will be for them to leave their old one. For these families, bringing everyone on board and reaching consensus on the choice of cabinetry, floor finishes, carpet colors and other details is more important than what the final results may look like, said Lenni Gimple Snyder, a psychotherapist in Kensington, Md. Other parents will choose to limit their children's input because they have a clear vision of what they want the new house to look like, or they think most decisions about the family...

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