You’ve enjoyed years of metropolitan living in the bustling city of your choice, be it Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or perhaps another incredibly active and exciting hub elsewhere. Yet when life throws changes your way, it’s time to consider swapping city life for a quieter, calmer hometown – and when children enter the picture, the suburbs start to sound like an excellent option. After all, who wants to raise a family in a small, expensive apartment without a yard? If you’re considering moving to the suburbs as you prepare to welcome your new bundle of joy, there’s a lot to consider. Here are a few different things to keep in mind as you begin to make your move.
Pick the Right Neighborhood
Kids certainly change everything, and introduce a whole host of new questions and requirements into your life. You know what it’s like to live in the center of a lively city, but what is it really like in the many suburban neighborhoods on the outskirts? Before you settle on a home, make sure you check out the actual suburb itself. With a new baby on the way, you’ll want to make sure it offers everything you’ll need as your child grows. Is it home to a renowned school district? Are there a lot of great childcare options? Do clean and pleasant parks exist? Is there enough activity in town to keep you and your kids busy?
Check Out the School District
As mentioned above, the school district is a very important aspect of picking the right suburb. Move to the wrong neighborhood, and your child may end up in an unsafe or poorly funded school – and you may need to send them to private school. Before settling down, get some information about all of the schools in the area. How are the public schools, from elementary to high school? Are there options for private schools, both religious and otherwise? Do any charter schools exist? Or, are there nearby options for your child to take advantage of should they struggle in a certain school? Make sure your child’s education will be what you need.
Find Out About Childcare
Once you have finished breast feeding and your baby is now old enough to head off to kindergarten, and even once they do, you’re going to need childcare. Whether you choose to rely on a nanny, a daycare, a preschool, or a once-in-awhile babysitter, your new suburban neighborhood needs to provide for your needs. Check with other moms in the area, or local preschools, to find out where you can find the best childcare around – or if there’s perhaps a lack of it in the area. Additionally, this will give you the chance to find out what’s most common in a particular suburb. Do most of the children have nannies, or is it more of a stay-at-home mom scene? If you feel you and your child won’t fit in, it may not be the best choice.