Housing Decisions Involve PsychologyWritten by Lois A. Vitt
In deciding to buy or sell, move or stay, downsize or expand, most Americans do not realize how complex decision-making process really is. A successful, fulfilling housing result is more likely when you consider your housing psychology - that place where human interaction, role of “place” in our lives, and finance all come together.
Few events test relationships and decision-making skills more dramatically than search for your dream home.
Even before you decide to buy or rent, you must first decide to move. Is this a good time to move? How much can I/we afford? Where do we want to go? An unexamined-decision approach can trap you into making poor housing choices. The more you learn about managing your inner motivations and personal relationships as well as your housing and financial goals, better your housing decisions will be.
It is important to realize that you have a relationship to your home beyond relationships with people who share it with you. In fact, your relationship with your home is so personal and close that no other nonhuman relationship is quite like it.
Home is something we “provide” for ourselves and others. It represents our capacity to control our physical setting and our leisure. It is our bastion of security and touchstone for our sense of independence. In best-case scenario, it is our sanctuary.
A housing decision is watershed of everything in your life: physical aspects of where and how you live; your livelihood; your physical, emotional, and financial well-being; your safety and security; your intimate and social relationships; your sense of community; your greatest pleasures and your deepest pain. It is no wonder that few of us have tools to make consistently good housing decisions - decisions based on tested principles and values rather than on emotions or circumstances.
Batman Birthday Party IdeasWritten by Janice Wee
For a memorable birthday party guests and birthday child enjoy, plan a party that draws everyone into Batman's world.
Make it believable. Turn hall or main area into gotham city. Put a table in center of room and a large box guarded by 2 grown ups dressed in uniform. Arm them with water pistols. Give each guest a disposable raincoat if possible. Or at least get them prepared to get wet during this birthday party. Advise them to bring spare clothes.
Now get a grown up, preferably birthday child's father, to dress as Batman in a Batman costume. Get another grown up, or a few grown ups to dress as Batman villians. Set up bat signal in center of room.
Turn one of rooms into Batcave, make it look like batcave in Batman movies. Close door of that room, do not allow guests access to that room until time is right.
Let guests mingle with one another and help themselves to some finger food while waiting for party to start. When party begins, let villians gate crash party. They shoot guards with their water guns and wet anyone else in way, causing chaos.