First, as we’ve written before, since most of the furniture wouldn’t fit in the smaller place, we had an auction. We put a bid number on everything and hired a real auctioneer — top hat, gavel and all — to auction it all off. We gave each of our grown children $40,000 in Monopoly money. This way, we figured, they could bid on what they wanted, and we wouldn’t be in the difficult position of giving something to one child when others wanted it.
A few years ago, we downsized a little and recently sold our big, old family home where we raised all of our kids. And some of the kids were not too thrilled about it. To ease the blow a bit, we did two things.
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