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How to Make Sure Your New Neighborhood Will Be Kid-Friendly

When you decide to move into a new area, you may worry about how your children will react to the change. Explaining the move and helping them to resettle is especially hard if you are putting them further away from friends, family, and schools that they enjoy. To make this process much easier, it helps to pick a kid-friendly area that has more for them to enjoy. Here are the ways to spot the best neighborhood for them.

Green spaces

Having a lot of yard in the area around your home is always great for families to have. It gives you the chance to host outdoor parties and cookouts as well as room for children to connect with nature and get their hands dirty. But, kids will want to venture out into other spaces for a change of scenery and to socialize with others. Green spaces provide a creative and healthy way for them to connect with the community.

The atmosphere around green spaces is also beneficial since there is usually less noise, decreased pollution, and more exposure to healthy microorganisms found in the environment. If you contact a real estate agent during your search, they can show you where there are plenty of trees, parks, playgrounds, and open places for public seating.

Educational Opportunities

As with most parents, you may dream of your child succeeding as a star student and gaining accolades through their academic endeavors. To help with this, you may have peeked at the ranking of potential schools they could attend. But, you will need more than that to set them up for success. Within the school, research deeper to see if there are any achievement gaps within certain groups like female or minority students. Check to see what plan is in place for the school to address that issue.

Outside of the school, it is helpful to have access to supplemental and alternative resources to enhance your child’s education. Reliable tutors are normally abundant in areas with a heavy focus on educational success. Also, there should be support for parents that homeschool like co-ops and places that offer learning activities during the day. A real estate agent that is familiar with the area can provide you with directions to local libraries, community centers, and museums.

Successful businesses

A wonderful gift that any parent can give their child is time with the entire family as a whole. In a kid-friendly neighborhood, there should be nearby businesses that your family can enjoy together. If the residents of the neighborhood have stable lifestyles and spending habits, nearby companies will be able to thrive. This can give your family greater exposure to places like restaurants, high-quality grocery stores, and coffee shops.

Apart from looking at the amount of existing business, you should also look at what type of businesses can thrive in the area. Places that cater to more adult-like activities like sports bars, home decor, and office spaces will have a different vibe than ice cream parlors, pizzerias, and amusement centers.

Moving to a new home can be a hard adjustment for children to make. But, looking for these signs will help you find a kid-friendly neighborhood that they will love just as much as you do.

Tim Esterdahl

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