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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 5/6/2018

If you’re thinking about moving into a new home to start a family, you’ll have a lot of factors to consider. There’s more to a neighborhood than just safety, as your future children and pets will agree.

In this article, we’ll talk about some signs that a neighborhood is a good place for a family. We’ll also offer some advice on weighing those factors to find a place that fits both your lifestyle and your budget.

1. Safety

One of the most important factors in your hunt will be safety. However, there’s more to the safety of a neighborhood than just crime statistics. If you have children or pets, safety includes living on a street that doesn’t have high-speed traffic and blind corners.

You’ll want to be able to take your dog for a walk, let your cat roam the neighborhood, and go for a bike ride with your children without having to worry about the dangers of road traffic.

Another factor in safety is how well-maintained the neighborhood is. Oftentimes, neighborhoods run by homeowners associations tend to see to things like potholes, litter, and other things that could put you and your family at risk.

To get an idea of whether or not a neighborhood is a good fit, it’s a good idea to tour the surrounding streets on foot.

2. Community

Many of us can remember a time when everyone on the street knew each other. However, as we’ve gotten more digitally connected and have vehicles to travel across town, many suburban and urban neighborhoods have lost some of their sense of neighborhood community.

For a young family, knowing and getting along with your neighbors can be a big advantage. Having other kids in the neighborhood that your children can play with will be good fun for your children and it will make your life easier when it comes to play dates and keeping track of your kids.

To get a sense of the local community, ask to be introduced to some neighbors or say “hello” as you walk down the street.

3. Proximity to important services

The obvious amenities you want in the area are good schools, grocery stores, and parks to bring your kids to. However, there are some lesser known services you’ll want to keep in mind. Access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet will be valuable to both you and your children, especially since much of their homework will likely be online.

4. Scout the traffic

If you’re going to be getting your child on the bus every day and then driving to work, it’s a good idea to know what to expect in the mornings and when you come home. Visit the neighborhood during rush hour and take a test drive to your work to see if there are any unexpected delays.

5. Public services

There’s more to a good town than the lack of potholes. Check out the local library, post offices, police, and fire departments as well. Ask someone you know who lives in the town or join the town’s Facebook group to gauge whether the public services are on par with what you and your future family would want.

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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 8/25/2013

It is summertime and that means time for beach days and long road trips. If you are planning on packing up the family in the car and heading out you may want to double check you have everything you need to keep everyone satisfied. If you are looking to avoid the dreaded when are we going to get there question a thousand times, opt for some quiet activities. Here are some things for quiet enjoyment: Books, magazines, and comics Games, like the license plate game or travel bingo Sketchbook, washable markers, and colored pencils Pre-stamped blank postcards (available at the post office), which your kids can decorate, or purchase scenic post cards along the way; have your children write to friends, relatives, even pets Doodling doodads: a small dry-erase board, Etch A Sketch, Magna Doodle Portable DVD player and DVDs; don’t forget headphones! Books on CD or iPod for the whole family Scrapbook envelope—entrust your children with the responsibility of collecting postcards, ticket stubs, and brochures for a scrapbook At some point somebody will be crying for food so here are some essentials to keep tiny bellies happy on the long journey: Individually packaged, crumb-free snacks such as bite-sized goldfish crackers Hard-to-bruise fruits such as apples and berries; or try fruit roll-ups or fruit leathers Trail mix, which will leave kids feeling full longer Reusable bottles filled with water Just in case there is an accident you will want to make sure you have some first aid items. Here are just a few you will want to have on hand. Antibacterial like Neosporin Bandages Anti-bacterial wipes Medication such as Tylenol (age appropriate) Sunscreen Anti nausea medication like Dramamine Also don't forget these items: Garbage bags to collect trash Extra diapers and wipes, if necessary Change of clothes, in case of accidental spills A blanket for spur-of-the-moment picnics at rest areas—and naps Most of all pack your smile and good attitude because most likely you will need it. Remember you are on vacation!