Q. What is the best month to list a home (with kids for sale?
A. With school-aged children, you may want your move to coincide with the end of school, for which selling in the spring makes sense. Research historical data on the number of homes sold in your neighborhood looking for trends in peak months. Sellers need to remember that it can take 30 to 60 days (or more) from the time a contract is signed to the time its actual closing date arrives. Therefore, families moving in the summer will make offers several months prior. Homeowners looking to sell need to be talking with an experienced Realtor® in Feb/March allowing time to get their home ready to go on the market by March/April; which in my opinion are the two PRIME months for listing a home.
Chad Collins \ www.collinsdfw.com
Q. My son uses a wheelchair. Is there a camp for kids interested in being active with a disability?
A. A wheelchair sports camp, whether an overnight or day experience, opens a new world of involvement for kids in wheelchairs. The recreational activities encourage independence and use of social and coping skills. In a supportive environment, campers go outside of their comfort zone to triumph over mental and physical barriers. Individuals with disabilities often feel isolated in the “normal” camp environment. A disability specific camp is a way to introduce your child to adaptive recreation and a new level of participation. Whether it is riding a horse for the first time or sliding down the zip line, wheelchair sports camps allow children to experience camp just like their able-bodied siblings and friends.
Genny Gomez \ Director \ Moran Camp Xtreme www.tirrfoundation.org/youth-programs
Q. What should we consider when choosing a school for our child with autism?
A. Receiving a diagnosis for your child is scary, and looking for a school to support learning differences may feel daunting. Things to consider: Transparency is vital. Observe classrooms with your child. Inquire about communication. Are teachers and administrators accessible and willing to be honest with you about your child’s strengths and weaknesses? Are therapists on staff to provide speech therapy, OT and social guidance? Is the school accredited through a third-party? What specialized training is required of teachers in regards to individualized curriculum and behavior issues? Seek out a school that resonates with your personal philosophy – a place your child will feel loved and thrive.
Brit Smart \ Executive Director \ Oak Hill Academy www.OakHillAcademy.org
Q. Our family has never gone skiing at a mountain before. Our kids are 11, 9 and 6. How do we prepare?
A. family ski vacation creates great memories that you and your kids are sure to cherish for years to come! For beginning skiers, bigger does not always mean better. Check out smaller resorts which often have no crowds, more affordable pricing and a family-friendly feel. Research and book your rental equipment in advance for the best pricing, and sign up for group lessons – some resorts even offer family lessons so you can all learn together! Lastly, make sure you stay warm and dry! That means waterproof top and bottom, insulating base layers, hat (or helmet!) and gloves. Sunglasses or goggles are highly recommended.
Lisa Branner \ Community Relations \ Kendall Mountain Ski Area www.skikendall.com