"Last year's flood really shook up Nashville, but our town united," Laura Rouse says. Her son Owen's preschool (and her family's basement) had to be rebuilt. "But being a parent in such a big-hearted city lifts your spirits. We help each other trough."
The guides: Laura Rouse, 30, with Owen, 3, and Macie, 5 months
Hello, Music City! Downtown, you can find live shows nightly.
After she had Owen, Laura started her site RouseHouseKids.com. Choose from a slew of fabrics and styles to create clothes like this reversible romper ($50).
Public pools with slides and shooting fountains, like this great Maryland Farms YMCA, are where local kids spend the summer. Cool!
At the Gaylord Opryland Resort, you can ride a boat inside the hotel, which is full of flowers and trees.
"We play 'band,'" Rouse Says. "My husband on harmonica, Owen on a tiny guitar, me on piano, and Macie with a rattle."
"I've taken kids' classes with Nicole Kidman and Sunday Rose, and Sheryl Crow and her son, Wyatt," Rouse says. "Celebrities love to live here because they can give their kids a normal lifestyle."
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.