5 Vital Considerations For Modern Families Relocating! #Giveaway

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Relocating is a modern consideration todays modern families because life just isn’t for most of us what it was for generations before. Once upon a time our grandparents would finish high school, go to college, get a job, work in that job for possibly their whole lives, and retire. Perhaps they would have a starter home as a young couple in a town near where they were born and then upgrade to better home when as they got more and more promotions over the years. Many people are changing jobs questionable more than ever before and some say todays youth can expect to have up to 15 jobs changes over their careers. Unlike other generations, we are going places, and chasing jobs. With job changes comes relocating! Gone are the days where we just know the best places in our area to move, the best neighborhoods, when we have to move to a whole other state! So what are the vital considerations for Modern Families Relocating these days? Are they the same as they always have been? Location Location Location? Perhaps…. but perhaps not! What Realty secrets are out there now adays?

As my not so little military family gets ready for yet another move I find myself talking to a lot of other people as always about relocating and how often so many families both military and not go through this. After 13 moves now in the last 19 years you think we would be experts, but there is always something more to learn. As my husband and I consider civilian jobs soon and what states we might consider moving to, and then what cities and so forth one thing is clear, like many, we are expecting to go where it pays best but other things can be more important than just money. A home that isn’t right can make everything rather miserable!

One thing I learned, while you can learn a great deal about a possible area online and by joining local online communities, the real estate agents know what is going on and you just have the find the right one to get real with you! It is great having a friend in Realty as she always knows what is going on!

So what has changed?

Safety – We know have sites that can track crimes in neighborhoods and when ever we move I try to consider these carefully. They are a fantastic asset. Of course the internet doesn’t always give the full story so getting out and seeing the neighborhood is invaluable. If you can’t do it, sometimes a Realtor or friend or even new friend you meet online will get photos for you, or do a live video chat. You will be looking for homes with bars on the windows, yards not taken care of, how many homes have security systems? You need the full picture! Personally on my last move, this was my biggest mistake. I thought the crime was higher a few neighborhood over, the yards were nice, but some neighbors had bars on their windows, near everyone had a security system, and what no photos could show was that our back yard was the through way for local kids with other neighbors having broken fences. All this to say, I should have seen the break in coming! Also, getting a security system ourselves was worth every penny. Points to the homes with systems already that will save you thousands!

Schools and Education – This hasn’t changed much as a consideration for families. Only now there are more options out there and more things to consider. Some schools that rank well seem to do things to move special needs students from their rosters, some of the schools with great programs have no buses and with busy parents those are needed. Some people just can’t survive the drop off lines. So a schools academic rank is no longer the only thing to consider. With homeschooling growing as an option and each state having different laws it is important to know what your options are and if there are local groups for learning adventures and expert classes. Some schools have free public school online and some older students use this to go to classes at night and work during the day. There are more options than ever before and each area holds different considerations.

Buying a House to Sell – Knowing statistically you might have to move it is important to keep in mind if the house you are buying will be a great investment to possibly sell or rent out in the future. If you don’t know what is trending for buying, ask a Realtor about Realty secrets! You could by a house that will still be perfect to sell in 5 years or you could by something that needs just a few updates and double your money on the investment. In so many places now giving a home a dedicated outdoor recreational space increases homes value and it doesn’t even have to be big. In many cases people want eco-friendly options in the home and they just aren’t finding them so you could be the house that gives it to them while loving it yourself while you live there. If you adore the house and have to move, consider renting it out to come home to later! Homes no longer tie people down like they once did.

Recreation for Kids – After all the moves, one thing is clear, recreation for the kids matters. We live in a city with a high crime rate and will be glad to be moving from it. One thing we notices was that there isn’t a lot of good clean fun for kids here. No zoo, no aquarium, few public parks and play grounds and few affordable classes. Not to mention public transportation issues. With crime being an issue most parents don’t want kids walking places either, and bored kids can sometimes get into trouble. So finding an area with a lot of things to keep kids excited about, a lot of places to buy family memberships to science museums and the like, is fantastic. You don’t have to live very close to these things but they matter. For a young family, the park really actually matters. Kids these days are not as active as their grandparents were at this age, and we have to actively make sure they get outside and that is increasingly hard to do when there is no “outside” to go to! Sites like Family Days Out can you help you find what is available in any given area, so say you are considering Ohio, just go to the site and search Family Activities in Ohio and find things to do in say Cincinnati, or by zipcode!

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 Can you De-Stress There? – Stress makes everything in life worse and only you know what stresses you out the most. Is it a long commute? Perhaps a long drive after work on nice back roads helps you let go of the work day so you can be more focused on home life when you get there. Maybe that time is used to listen to NPR or a pod cast you never have time for. Maybe you just want to use that time to jam out. Maybe what stresses you though is having a million places to take all the kids and having it so spread out. El Paso Texas is so spread out and I remember being so stressed about having to get my oldest daughter to Cheer practice on one side of it to Girl Scouts on the other. As for the home itself, it should make you smile! If you need a lot of space, make it a priority, if you need a big back yard with a fence so kids can play and you can make dinner without having to helicopter over them, find that! The point being, make a list of what stresses you out, and what helps you unwind and make those points a priority. The best job in the world means little when your home makes you miserable.

When buying, the bath tub matters!

It isn’t snobbery to say that a big tub is a must!

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Some people need to be near water to me happy!

Where do you need to be to be happy? 

 

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A Horrific School That Shouldn’t Be A Secret! You need to see it!

   It isn’t a shock that in America some schools are still failing. What is a shock though is that some schools are in such horrific conditions that is makes one question the safety of the children. Call it privilege, but I had no idea it was this bad. Well of course not you might say, you homeschool! Well, yes, but I try to keep up with local community and federal issues in education. It is all connected and my family doesn’t live in a bubble. So perhaps I shouldn’t have been as shocked when these photos fell across the news feed of a military support group I am a part of, but I was shocked. Are you?

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Photos used with permission from Dayana Bergman

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These are just a few of the horrible photos showing the condition of this public school in Lansdowne, MD. You can see more and meet the amazing Mother determined to be the squeeky wheel to get things fixed on facebook.

This isn’t a school hit by a hurricane! It is decades of decay and neglect with mold and asbestos and undrinkable brown water and no control over the temperature. Repairs have gotten bumped back over and over the excuses are a mile long. Repairs “should” be done by 2019 but again, it keeps getting pushed. Now there are 2 new schools ahead of repairs for this one, schools that will not help these kids stuck in this school! Until then, this is what students live with and no one in a leadership position seems to be taking up the responsibility for fixing this by all accounts from Dayana. She says those that work at the school do a great job but they can only do so much. This is in her opinion risking their health and safety too! The only hope this Mom, and all those kids have, is that this is an election year she says. There is no rally cry though from anyone running that they will fix this. Maybe with enough voices someone will hear the plight of those students and this Mom. This horrible school situation shouldn’t be a secret!

While other privileged moms tell her things like “We made our kids a priority and we moved out of that area.” This mom stays, and fights for all the kids because not everyone can move, specially not as you imagine, in that area of Baltimore. So share her post? Perhaps if she can get news coverage something will actually be done. You know me, I normally just toss things like this on my list of 500 Reasons we Homeschool. This though…. this isn’t just a mom complaining. She knows the details and she is fighting. I am impressed, she inspires, and her and kids deserve all the help they can get. My post here can’t do the situation justice, you should really go read what she has to say. 

Her post and the rabbit hole: Political discrimination in public school construction funding turns active high school into urban cancer

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  For most kids, there’s nothing more exciting than the idea of having their very own pet. Most parents can remember getting their first dog and experiencing the love of having our very own best friend to play with and take care of. Of course, most of us only ever remember the fun stuff and […]

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The Mistakes That Parents Are Afraid To Admit To

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The Things You Have To Do For Your Kids

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Back To School! Prepping Your Kids For A New Adventure

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What To Get Your Teen When It’s Time To Graduate

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Something For Dad

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When a baby is born, love and adoration is lavished on the new baby and the mother. The mother has just had a human emerge from her body, and admiration pours in from every angle because of the most amazing thing that has just happened. The baby is new, exciting and just so precious that […]

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Tips to Help Teach Your Kids About Their Dental Health

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5 Healthy & Simple Recipes For On-The-Go Moms

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We Are All Mere Mortars! How To Support Your Child After College

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Have you seen Zorbeez? – New 2017 Toys

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The Authorities On Infant Advice

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Useful Ways To Get Your Child To Sleep

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The Amazing Inventions That Have Enhanced The Life Of Your Cat

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Learning All There Is To Know About Your Furry Friend

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Is Now The Right Time To Add A Furry Friend To Your Brood?

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