Re: What type of environment do older kids thrive in?
I moved to the US from the UK when I was 13. We moved to the suburbs. The loss of independence was mortifying: I couldn't even get to the train station on my own, because there weren't bike routes, and major roads all the way.
The only things to do were going to the mall, hanging out at the single coffee shop, or going to the movies.
I don't know which country we'll raise our family in, but it will be somewhere with a robust public transport system, safe cycling paths, art museums, music and a choice of cafes / spaces for discourse and conversation.
ETA: oh! And a sense of community. Political and social activity and so forth. And diversity, ethnic and socioeconomic.
Last edited by jam's mum; 01-17-2013 at 12:18 PM.