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May 21, 2012

James asks…

About to be parents, move to City or Suburbs?

My boyfriend and I are expecting our 1st baby within 3 weeks, or so. We are 35 & 34 and have known each other since high school.

We have a dilemma. Before we knew about the pregnancy, we both wanted to move to the city. We spent a lot of time finding an area we love that we wanted to move to.

I work in the city and will continue to after the baby is born.

In the meantime we live in a tiny studio apt where the lease is up in 2 months. The place is so small that most of my things, and a bunch of his are in a storage place. It’s also a bad neighborhood and staying here is not an option.

Now that the baby is almost here, the idea of moving back to the suburb we grew up in has come up. The reality is that we could get more apt for less money, it’s safer, we’ll be closer to parks, our families, and have a nice place to go for walks (which we both love to do daily).

We loved the idea of moving to the city and the lifestyle we imagined there. But the idea of spending more money for less space, and the reality that we probably won’t even be able to enjoy all the cool things about it is making us seriously reconsider this move.

But we don’t have a car and there are many reasons we mutually don’t want to live in the town we grew up in. We also feel that where ever we do move, it will be 2 or 3 years max because we want to head west.

So what is your recommendation? Should we go for the smaller apt in a neighborhood we might have more fun in (far from our families)?

Should we suck it up and move back where we can get a bigger place and although it will be less exciting, it will be nicer in some ways?

I am so afraid that we will move back only to feel trapped and miserable.

Anyone moved from the city to the suburbs have advice?

Administrator answers:

“We loved the idea of moving to the city and the lifestyle we imagined there.”

Well you were no longer going to have that lifestyle anyway since you are having a baby. That was how you imagined it when you were just two adults going out together.

No sophisticated clubbing, theater nights, elegant shoes and popping in to sandwich bars and stuff. It’s going to be spit-up and diapers and feeding schedules for a long time yet.

Forget the city, it wasn’t going to be how you imagined when you were just the two of you. Move to the suburbs and settle down and enjoy being a proper family :)

We lived in Houston, and after a while we moved back to England where we lived in a city. After we had our son though, we realized how crappy cities are for small children, so we moved back to the tiny town I grew up in. I don’t know anyone here any more, they all grew up and left back in the 80′s or early 90′s I guess, I wondered if I would keep meeting people from school and if all the old bad feelings would be there, would I see the school bully? Would I still not be “popular” but those kids had all long grown and gone and I was just another adult that lived here.

I was 36 when we moved back here, I had been gone since I was 20. It’s a bit different and a bit the same, but it’s a whole hell of a lot safer then living in the city was. I commute an hour and a half (each way) to work in the city still as small town wages are not good.

Chris asks…

Is living together before marriage a mistake?

My boyfriend and I have been dating 8 months. We live seperately with roomates. Both of our leases are up in a month. Before we started dating, both of us were planning on moving out on our own. We live in the city so rent is expensive, even for a studio apt. We already spnend 4-5 days together as it is and are considering moving in together. Financially, we’ll save a ton of money. But I’m wondering…is this a bad idea?

We have an incredible bond and a connection like neither of us have felt before. We are compatible in so many ways, compliment one another’s personalities, and are able to meet eachother’s needs on every level thus far. We both feel like we’ve found our “other half” and plan on spending our lives with one another. I feel 100% sure I could/want to live with him and he feels the same. We’re just nervous bc it is soon….and things are so great, I don’t want moving in to change anything.

Any stories from personal experience? Is living together before marriage a bad idea?
I’m 25 and he is 26. Both mature, similar lifestyles, morals, etc.
Although it’s not just for financial reasons. We genuinely enjoy every minute together and are ready.
Our roommates are moving on, going their own ways as well. We’d save money bc instead of us each paying $1,000+ for a studio apartment, we could live somewhere nice and split the costs.

Administrator answers:

I wouldn’t have gotten married if I hadn’t lived with him first. I think if i’m going to promise to spend the rest of my life with someone I want to really know what I am in for, as the saying goes, you never really know a person till you live with them. I wanted to know his good habits and bad and decide then if I was willing to put up with him forever. That was my personal preference, everyone is different. Do what you think is best for you.

Helen asks…

what life in denmark.?

Hello,

I am thinking of studying abroad in Copenhagen? It this a good idea? Please also answer the following questions:

- What is the cost of living/rent in Copenhagen? – for a studio apt.
- How much does a house cost in Copenhagen?
- Can a vegetarian survive here?
- Is it safe?
- What is the average family size?
- What % of people are educated? Is University education a norm?
- How hard is it to find a job? How much do architects make?
- Can I get around only speaking English?
- Are the people in Copenhagen friendly and accepting of Canadian?
- Will it be easy or hard to make danish friends?
- in whole euorpe using EURO currency ,so why not using in denmark?
- what is the pay scale in denmark?
-what is pay scale diffirence between denmark & germany?

Administrator answers:

Stop trolling

This question has been answered 2 days ago.

The only addition is the euro question.

A lot of European countries don’t use the Euro (actually more than 50% has kept their usual currency).

Sharon asks…

What is life like in Denmark?

Hello,

I am thinking of studying abroad in Copenhagen? It this a good idea? Please also answer the following questions:

- What is the cost of living/rent in Copenhagen? – for a studio apt.
- How much does a house cost in Copenhagen?
- Can a vegetarian survive here?
- Is it safe?
- What is the average family size?
- What % of people are educated? Is University education a norm?
- How hard is it to find a job? How much do architects make?
- Can I get around only speaking English?
- Are the people in Copenhagen friendly and accepting of Canadian?
- Will it be easy or hard to make danish friends?

Administrator answers:

Copenhagen is a great place to study, and a great place to live. It is rather expensive though (according to a recent study, the most expensive country in the European Community is Denmark)

A studio apartment (1 bedroom) will cost you from DKR 6.000 – 10.000,- Depends on the condition, and the location.

A house will be from DKR. 10.000 – and up. Again it depends on the condition and location.

We have not had any reported deaths due to being vegetarian, so yes, a vegetarian can survive in Denmark. Financially, it will be easier for a vegetarian to manage, than for a non vegetarian.

Denmark is pretty safe. In Copenhagen i would choose not to live in the Nørrebro neighborhood.

Average family size is 3,8 persons (not a joke)

Denmark is the country in the world, where you will find more educated people, than in any other country (according to several studies and polls).
The percentage of Danish people with an education (age group 22-60) is 80%. University is often a part of an education, but it is a matter of choice / interest.

Finding a job in Denmark at the moment, is very difficult (as all over the world) – us who have jobs, stick to them like glue.

You can get around by only speaking English, but you will be accepted / respected a bit more, if you make an effort to learn the Danish language. It will also make it easier to make friends, because you try to integrate.

It does not matter where you are from – the Danish people a more into personality.

Thomas asks…

OUTRAGEOUS..have any of you ever heard of such a ”ridiculous LAW”??

my blood is boiling at the idea of this..

i was told that in the state of massachusetts it is ILLEGAL for a single mother to live in a studio apt with her baby..
they said its a law,theres not enough square footage

i have seen families crammed into apartments,houses,etc
what about after the hurricanes in new orleans..there are so many examples of ”emergencies” and not everyone can afford the outrageous fees they charge for apts these days

what is wrong with this government..if they want to make it illegal for me to rent a place i can afford,then maybe they should pay the differnce..
this is just sick on sooooo many levels

have any of you ever heard of this?
PLEASE EXPLAIN=protect the children from what???
glinda=happily i will tell you
and thanks for asking

it was the ”carlyle house” apts in revere massachusetts,
the leasing woman who is very nasty

i then spoke with her supervisor who confirmed that it IS (he said) a ma law?

the irony of this,is that later i found out that those apts are infested with mice,roaches,and high criminal activity in the community

im happy they didnt ant me,
a mom and baby is illegal according to the ”health dept” according to them,but mice and crazy criminals are fine??
what a world

but also,just so you know,after this,i decided to look in maine for an apt
and a woman named kay at the trelawny bldg also told me it would be illegal for her to rent me a studio with my 1 yr old

it’s all i can afford
glinda=if you are genuinly interested
i would be more than happy to provide you with their contact info..let me know
thanks!!
GLINDA=also,the apt in maine was a 1 bdrm not even a studio
and kay said it’s illegal,

if the baby needs her OWN room
i’ll sleep in the living room..(not good enough)..this is really barbaric

usa may just be the sickest country yet!!

Administrator answers:

I imagine that those laws are in place for health and safety reasons. As for these apartments being infested with mice that is a helath issue that you may want to contact the health department about.

As for high criminal activity then you should call the police when you see illegal acts occuring and you can always remain anynomous.

If you can’t afford the high rents, then perhaps you should go to the Human Services Department and find out what type of assistance if any you qualify for, or if there are programs for you. Another alternative may be to live in city housing. It’s not the greatest, but it is probably affordable. Best of luck.

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