Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
In a survey of 1,000 people, Rent.com found 34% of parents are raising their kids in a big city. They cited cultural activities, educational opportunities, and population diversity as reasons for city living. Based on parents’ feedback, Rent.com compiled a list of the 10 best cities in America to raise kids. In no particular order:
- Portland, OR – Portland’s low crime rate and high graduation stats are two of many factors that draw families to this green city.
- Dallas, TX – Children living in Dallas have endless attractions and learning experiences to take advantage of, from zoos to parks to children’s theater.
- Columbus, OH – Columbus is an affordable city with some of the top public schools in the country and multiple indoor and outdoor themed parks.
- Omaha, NE – Great public schools, a low crime rate, a low cost of living, and cultural attractions make Omaha a catch.
- San Diego, CA – This city boasts great weather year-round and tons of kid-friendly attractions, including zoos and aquariums.
- Austin, TX – Austin has a grassroots, neighborhood spirit that makes families proud of belonging to the heart of Texas.
- Denver, CO – Denver has the largest public parks system of any U.S. city – a draw for active families that love the outdoors.
- Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix’s fun attractions like the Phoenix Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and plenty of outdoor activities entertain kids of all ages.
- San Jose, CA – Parents and kids enjoy San Jose for its cultural attractions, including the Children’s Discovery Museum and Happy Hollow Park; plus, the city has a great public transportation system.
- Seattle, WA – Seattle – known as a science and technology center – boasts an excellent academic reputation and beautiful scenery.
Are you raising your kids in a city? If so, which one and why do you love it?
Image: Small boy in big city, via Shutterstock
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Friday, April 8th, 2011
From Mizz + Shizz = One Sweet Little Baby Shmizz: The Mama Bear has surfaced…
This blogger chronicles her first Mama Bear moment: defending your child at all costs. What was your first Mama Bear moment like?
“It’s amazing the instincts that well up inside you when you think your child is even in the slightest way threatened. It totally sucker-punched me in the heart when his little face looked up at me with his little mouth in a pucker like ‘why Mommy, why did those mean kids take my toys?’”
From Love Stitched: Fears and Worries
Brittany wonders (like most of us): is there ever a perfect time to have a baby?
“There are a lot of things that go along with that, that mess with my head….For example, I tell myself we have to wait until we have : insurance, a house, a bigger car more money in savings…”
From This Side of Typical: A is for Autism
April is Autism Awareness Month. Read this insightful post.
“A is also for ADAPT–the thing you have to learn quickly, because Autism doesn’t let you make any long term plans. And you never know what it’s gonna bring each morning. So you assume a boxer’s stance, and get ready to rumble.”
From Family Life: Raising Girls for Courage and Confidence
Social expectations for girls can be overwhelming but knowing what it takes to raise a confident young woman is important.
“Trying to meet the “good girl” expectations prevents girls from being true to their own feelings.
Also, because good girls aren’t “allowed” to be angry, they learn to express their anger indirectly through gossip and relationship aggression i.e. using friendships as a weapon…”
From Retro Mama: Easter is in the air
Check out this twist to decorating Easter eggs.
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