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Three things I learned from my grand kids


with the grand kidsWe just spent a few days visiting with my son and his wife and our three grandkids. It is always interesting the conversations you have with children and you can learn a lot from them if you keep your ears open.

Ask questions

My oldest grandson and I walked up to the local coffee shop one morning. The whole way a roundtrip of 3 miles he asked questions about his Dad, his uncles, how they got on together, what they liked to do, what games they played etc. It was fun to see how interested he was in comparing his life with his Dad's. So, I learned to ask plenty of questions, you never know where the conversation will go when asking questions or what you will uncover, so you need to listen as well.

Ask for what you want

My grand daughter, the first girl in our family, with three sons and two grand sons, she was a welcome addition. She may be only almost 3, but she knows what she wants and she asks for it. She is also persistent and doesn't give up easily. I learnt to ask for what I want, you may not always get it, but sometimes you might. Like when your grandfather buys you a special treat or reads you one more story when you should be already asleep.

Watch what goes on around you

When you are the youngest sometimes you end up on your own, so you need to be able to entertain yourself. Watching my grand daughter I saw she entered her own little world, using her imagination. It was lots of fun to realize how much she piscks up from obviously watching what goes on around her and learns from it and re-enacts it in her own little play world. They always say kids don't do what you tell them, they do what they see you doing. There is never nothing happening, so pay attention, to body language to conversations, and you might learn something new.

When we help Tredyffrin Easttown clients sell or buy a home we use all three of these, we ask plenty of questions, when we negotiate we ask for what we want and we pay attention to what is going on around us as it can help us find a client a home before it hits the market or we can notice that what we are being told is not necessarily the whole story.

So let us know how we can help you, contact us today,  Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc, office 610-225-7400, text or call 610-203-4543, email, website

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Comment balloon 19 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • November 07 2017 04:10PM


Hi Nick... amazing isn't it what we can learn from kids? Or at least be reminded of...

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) about 1 year ago

Well you had me at grandkids! 

I learn something new everytime I'm with mine. 

Love how you used your experience with the kids as a real estate lesson!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 year ago

I learn a lot about myself when they are around also.  Scarry sometimes

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 1 year ago

Hi Nick and Trudy- our children can teach us a lot and yours certainly did. I love how you tied this into our daily lives and our work. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Great post about how we can find inspiration in the best bits of our lives. Especially those outside real estate.

Posted by Bunny Terry, A Different Kind of Realtor in the City Different (Keller Williams Santa Fe) about 1 year ago

Dear Nick & Trudy,

From the mouths of babes, many truths are spoken.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) about 1 year ago

Nick, What a thoughtful post, and these are wonderful compelling examples.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 year ago

Children can teach us so much. How special to have a grandaughter amoung all the boys. We also have the first little girl in our family, my 8 month old grandaughter. Enjoy!

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

Good morning Nick.  Sounds like a fabulous time.  I need to find someone else's grandkids to have some Q&A with.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 1 year ago

Nick, you learned well from your grand-kids.

3 great points to apply to life and to business.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) about 1 year ago

Grandkids brought a whole new dimension to my life.  They look at everything with fresh eyes.

Posted by Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) about 1 year ago

A Real Estate lesson and fun with the grandkids...a very nice experience!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 1 year ago

Nick and Trudy good morning.

Great way to spend time with the grand kids.

Kids can remind us things we don't anymore.

Have a great and productive week,


Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) about 1 year ago

I hope I'm around long enough to enjoy some grandkids.  So many of them that age talk non stop! And the conversation is usually quite amusing. 

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experience Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) about 1 year ago

Interesting and insightful post.  So true.  Grandkids can teach us a lot.  I have 7 and am always intrigued by their thoughts and actions!  Being the youngest and only girl, I bet your granddaughter has figured it all out!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 1 year ago

Grand kids are the best Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I learn from mine all the time ..Glad you are feeling better

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 12 months ago

You also had me at grandkids. They are joyous little people who fill our lives with fun and important reminders about life. Love this post. Thanks. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 12 months ago

The best business professionals will learn to not only ask questions, but listen carefully to the reponse. We can learn a lot from getting to know our clients, and the best way to do that is to LISTEN.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 12 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - This is such a beautiful tale you weaved about life lessons and what it means to you. I loved reading every word. Children do ask intelligent questions and curious they are! Spending quality time with each one is very well spent, as you so poignantly illustrated, because every one, just life every generation is unique and brings with them special gifts. May they continue to enrich your life and keep you happy always. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 11 months ago

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