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One of the toughest parts of having a career where promotion requires relocation is getting family members on board.

When the affected spouse comes home with the news, there is a certain amount of angst, especially if you have teenage children. If the child is a star athlete, captain of the cheering squad, or a leader in the drama club, this can produce a lot more than angst – outright rebellion and threats are frequently in the mix.

Having worked with dozens of families where a spouse was on the verge of accepting a better-paying job, I was surprised that parents had resisted even broaching the subject of relocation with their children even though they knew the day for change was fast approaching.

In today’s rapidly changing business climate, career planning should be a family affair, a tradition that begins as early as feasible.