How to Decide Where to Raise Your Kids

Finding a good place to raise your kids is a difficult decision, with many factors involved. There is the need to weigh the neighborhood, its facilities, the local schools, distance to private schooling (if chosen), the proximity of playgrounds and playing fields, proximity to your own work and ability to be home easily for the kids, quality of lifestyle, price of the area, etc. A well-thought out decision on where you are going to bring up your kids is definitely a worthwhile investment of time, effort, and ultimately, money.

Steps

  1. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 1
    1
    Decide how long you want to stay in the place. If it is a temporary home for less than two years, you should be more inclined to let some of the problems with the house or area in question go. You won't have to live in the house for too long, therefore the academic pros and cons of the area are more important.
  2. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 2
    2
    Find a basic region. West, Midwest, South, Northeast. Research states. Keep in mind what's personally more important to you.
  3. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 3
    3
    Once you have decided on a region, look closer. If you want your kids to live at home or at least close, find a state with good colleges. Look to see if it has degrees in the job path he/she wants to take.
  4. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 4
    4
    Look at the differences between cities and towns. Are you looking for an urban setting where you can walk everywhere, or are you looking for a quiet suburban neighborhood? Non-urban settings are best for kids, they can remain connected to nature.
  5. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 5
    5
    Make sure the area has good schools, preferably ones that are easy to walk to. Most places have buses, but you usually have to be in certain distance away from the school.
  6. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 6
    6
    Use sites like ePodunk.com or Monster.com to research all of the vital statistics.
  7. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 7
    7
    Look at crime rate. Is it to the point where you can literally expect to be robbed? Almost everywhere has some crime rate, but find one that is pretty low.
  8. Image titled Decide Where to Raise Your Kids Step 8
    8
    Consider amount of kids their age. Will they have someone to play with? Or will they have to be alone all the time?

Tips

  • Ask around the neighborhood or your relations about the town.
  • Ask your siblings, if they are old enough to speak, if they like the neighborhood.

Article Info

Categories: Moving House and Packing | Raising Children