Planning for and raising a child is often the greatest accomplishment as well as challenge in a personÂs life.Â In the United States, childcare and the general cost of living often present new parents with difficult choices regarding their time with their young child.
Standing in contrast to that unfortunate reality is the quality of life offered by Central American countries such as Nicaragua, where many factors contribute to a more wholesome, family-centered lifestyle in which to raise your child.
1. No Chores!
For less than many in the US spend on just one utility bill, your family could have a full-time maid. WeÂre talking maybe $5 a day.
This means that you do not need to worry about dishes, whose turn it is to take out the trash, or what the kids will do while you perform essential cleaning.Â I canÂt tell you how many great family moments I have had with my daughters when I would otherwise have been elbow-deep in the sink.
Growing up, I remember playing in the neighborhood with friends, going down to the park to throw a ball around, and spending many daylight hours climbing trees or splashing in the stream. These days, it is rare to see kids playing outside without supervision.Â In Nicaragua, this is not the case.
Ranked as one of the safest countries in all of the Americas, Nicaragua provides a positive environment for your child to get real play while letting weÂ parents rest assured that they will be safe at the end of the day.
3. The Age of Innocence
While every generation in history has worried that their kids are growing up too fast, the media-dominated culture in the US seems to be truly accelerating that process. The slower, historically Catholic culture in Nicaragua lets kids be kids.
Seeing my 12-year-old daughter unabashedly playing hide-and-seek with my youngest really opened my eyes to that, and reminded me I had certainly made the right decision to raise them in Nicaragua.
4.Â Healthy Living
Many parents all over the world are making the effort to feed their children whole, organic foods. In the US, this can mean a huge chunk out of oneÂs paycheck.Â In Nicaragua, however, organic superfoods, fruits and vegetables are the norm, and access to locally raised meats makes for a tasty main dish.
Coming from a time and place where neighborhoods really mattered, I knew that was the environment in which I wanted my children to grow. I have found and helped foster that for others here in Nicaragua.
Find out why Gran Pacifica was built to put community first.Â Smiling, waving neighbors and safe, tree-lined streets make for an idyllic environment in which to raise your child here in Nicaragua.