An Ode to the Suburbs: Why Suburbs Are Still Right for Most Americans

June 12, 2015

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The city or the suburbs? It’s a debate that’s been raging for some time now, and over the past five years or so, it appeared the scales were tipping back toward urban-living proponents. But something funny happened on the way to the city. Urban population growth is slowing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sure, [...]

3 Tips for Moving With Kids

July 18, 2014

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If ogres are like onions, so is moving. As Shrek says, “They both have layers.” Moving is complex. Add a layer of children and it becomes even more challenging. Some of their anxieties and fears over relocating may seem petty to adults, but they are nevertheless real. You could probably tell your children they are [...]

Creating a Garden Your Kids Will Love

March 28, 2014

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Gardens don’t have to be off-limits to children. In fact, creating a designated garden area for your kids can provide hours of fun as well as opportunities for learning. If you have limited space, allocating even a small garden bed for your child to care for can give him a sense of accomplishment and an [...]

How to Design a Kid-Friendly Backyard

June 28, 2013

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One of the pleasures of having a home is the space that a backyard provides for activities with family and friends. A backyard can be a great place for kids to burn off energy, explore the outdoors, and simply relax. When children are small, care should also be taken to ensure their safety. The following [...]

Lead-Based Paint: Keep Your Family Safe

October 12, 2012

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Lead is a metallic element found in rocks and soil virtually everywhere in the world. Tiny lead particles can be toxic if individuals inhale or swallow them. Over time, those inhaled or ingested lead particles may accumulate in blood, bones and soft tissue. The lead can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, [...]

Safety for Children: A Homebuyer’s Guide to Kids’ Rooms and Play Areas

October 5, 2012

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Children alter how families look at homes during the home buying process. A family with children has to consider extra bedrooms, extra bathrooms, and safe places for children to learn and play. Indoor and outdoor recreation should be fun and comfortable, while safety should always remain the highest priority. Kids’ Rooms Kids’ rooms should be [...]

Keeping Everyone Happy During Home Improvement Projects

June 8, 2012

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Home improvements can be fun and exciting – at least the end result can be. The process itself can be stressful, expensive and noisy for many homeowners, their families, neighbors and pets. Since areas of your home may be out of commission for a few days or even up to several months, it’s critical for [...]