Families are important and where you as an adult make choices for your children, where they grow up is one of those very big decisions. If you have lived in the same place all your life, but find it incompatible with raising a family, you are then in charge of finding somewhere completely new to live and that is never an easy decision.
The world is a big place and everywhere you look will have lots to offer, but will also come with its downsides. There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect place’ to live. This isn’t being negative, this is purely because everyone in a family has a mind of their own and their own vision as to what ‘perfect’ means: a vision that may not align with yours. There are plenty of websites like http://www.marshallwhite.com.au/suburb-guides/brighton/ that can give you some advice on an area and what to expect and you can find pretty much any guide in the world on the internet.
What you really must think about though, is what it is you want. Your children may not have the same vision as you but as you are the parent, you’re the one who has the final say. What are you looking for in an area? Do you want great schools but not a city? Do you want a house with little in the way of neighbours? There are so many questions you should ask yourself before you embark on your search and arranging a mind map or brainstorm can give you some visual input as to what you want.
Start with your budget and go from there. If you have a good budget for a house and your job could take you anywhere in the world, pick the place you think is beautiful, with plenty to do and good house prices. Look at crime rates of the area and follow that with school inspection reports. If you tie all that together with the proximity from your job, you can have an easier time of choosing where you and your family should settle.
Once you’ve chosen a town – or country should you be emigrating – go for a visit. Read extensive online testimonials about the area and get your head stuck in the books of the local library. Get to know the cons as much as the pros as these are what, over time, will convince you whether you made the right choice. You are not anchored to where you are right now and you can move wherever you like whenever you like, budget pending. You have the ability to start your life over in a completely new place and as long as you are keeping the best interests of yourself and your family at the forefront of your mind, it’s highly unlikely you will end up in the wrong place.
Humans have an almost animal instinct for finding the right place to be. Once you find that home, you’ll know it, even if you’ve never stepped onto the soil in that area before.