50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family: Is Your Town One of Them?

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New book lists a variety of family-friendly communities across the country--whether you're looking to relocate or looking for a template of programs and services that make up a great town--this book is for you.

What makes a community family-friendly? If you looked in the cupboard for the ingredients, you’d start with the basics: a great school district or terrific support for home-schooling; a public safety department where the police and fire personnel aren’t just doing jobs—they’re involving and educating students and seniors, partnering with businesses and service clubs to ensure a better, safer city.

Next take a municipal government with an open-door policy to building economic development, a wonderful assortment of Parks and Recreation energy, and a staff with a can-do attitude. The web site for the city should be user-friendly filled with information for relocating or just visiting.

Now blend in a climate factor for flavor. Whether you throw in a bottle of SP30 for all-day sunshine or chill it overnight in a few inches of snow, be creative about your weather wants. What about natural surroundings? Will your recipe include an historic downtown, or rolling hills of green?

With all this, there’s still one very important factor in making a community family-friendly…and that’s the people. The glue binding the various parts together into a fabulous place to live is the average man, woman and child who takes pride in their street, volunteers to make it better, and celebrates its spirit throughout the year.

The 3rd Edition “50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family” (Career Press) by Kathleen Shaputis is loaded with current and useful information on a selection of various sized areas Shaputis has selected from across the country. Listed alphabetically by state are fabulous communities who have proven to be family orientated, and with quality commitment.

A list of the 2006 cities available at http://www.Shaputis.com

If you’re thinking of relocating, this is a fun place to start your search. The first few chapters offer checklists and ideas to think about. Or use the book as a template. Check out the programs, policies and successful ventures other communities are doing, and see what you can do in your own home town to make it more family friendly.

This updated version of “50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family” from Career Press comes with an interactive, searchable CD-Rom.

Kathleen Shaputis is well experienced in the headlined lifestyles of the baby boomer generation as she balances a career in writing, professional speaking and training in her post-parental housing of boomerang children and grandchildren. Kathleen worked in municipal government for 14 years and knows the importance of a balanced community and the effort it takes to run one. She is the author of three other books.

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