Raising kids in Hoboken

A lot of people have begun having families in Hoboken in the past five years. Many have also chosen to stay in town, rather than leaving for the suburbs. Along with the Hoboken Family Alliance, what other resources and ideas can be offered? Suggestions for apartment or home hunting, dining out tips, education choices, space management, safety tips and other useful tidbits would be great!

There are books out there that may be helpful, like The City Parent Handbook and City Baby which may serve as a start, but do any experienced parents have any golden nuggets that will help new and upcoming parents in Hoboken specifically?

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:34 pm

What’s the story w/ Connors?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:19 pm

It’s also not just about parental involvement with the school. It’s also about parental involvement with the kids!! The work load gets pretty heavy in middle school and kids that age need a nudge and a hand, especially from their parents. Puberty has the ability to derail anyone and if kids are not getting the message that school is important, it’s really easy to zone out. There’s just no excuse for parents not being involved with their KIDS! It’s a cliche but a really true one. It all starts at home.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 3:06 pm

[quote comment=”18666″]Journey–Parents do need to be involved, but some can’t, and some don’t have the ability to stand up to the ‘authorities’ like your mother did. She sounds just wonderful.[/quote]

True, but if we as parents don’t do anything the schools will not change. The squeeky wheel gets fixed. Levels of involvement can vary, PTA, school board meetings and elections, etc. I can’t see how any school system will work without some family involvment.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 2:57 pm

What SAH says does bare keeping in mind. Walace is getting good marks, it didn’t use to. What will happen to the scores at the HS when the kids at Walace get there might be interesting.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 2:42 pm

SamFlax, lots of kids are vying to get into High Tech High School in North Bergen which is an outstanding public high school for kids from Hudson County. Most other options, I’m afraid, are private. The Hudson School, St. Peter’s Prep (boys) and St. Dominics Academy (girls) in Jersey City. At least the Jesuit schools are a bit more affordable. McNair Academic is a public high school in Jersey City which has been ranked in the last few years as the best high school in the state! But you have to live in JC to go there. Hoboken Charter has a high school but nearly got rid of it a few years back and it’s future is very unclear.

If you have little ones, though, I wouldn’t worry now. One thing I can tell you is that the school thing in Hoboken changes from year to year. By the time your kids are old enough, maybe even Hoboken High will be a quality option.

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