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Moving to Montana with Small Child! Advice?
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Alsion    Posted 04-29-2004 at 09:56:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hello everyone.
my partner recently got a job in emigrant a few months ago and moved out from new england to work ona ranch there. i will be going out at the end of may to a cabin that has just been renovated for us.
thing is, i have a two year old son...and alot of the time i get nervous about the move with him. i have never been to montana and have lived between new england and new york city all my life. can anyone tell me about what life might be like with a two year old living in south central montana? any advice would be appricated :)

ret    Posted 04-29-2004 at 16:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
You sure are asking a lot from ones that know nothing about you. In turn, you have got a lot of tips from us well meaning folks who can't really advise you. If I were you, I would ask myself why am I going. If you have family ties where you are at, you sure won't have them in Montana. Why is your boyfriend going all that way to get probably a low paying job? Does he have a special skill for a ranch? What happens if he walks away, then you are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Montana is wide open place, but work is probably hard to get. You sure don't see a stampede of people rushing to live there. Climate can be harsh. If you can get past these questions to yourself, then do like the others suggest and get some info about where you are going to live. If being alone bothers you and you are a people person, better stay home. Don't want to dash your hopes, but think about it real good. Good luck whatever direction you choose to go

dogbardave    Posted 04-29-2004 at 20:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
...ok, thought more about this on the way home.

I'd make the health and safety of your small boy the MAIN priority. Maybe I;m over cautious, but if it were my boy, I'd make sure he had all the needs covered, warmth, quickly available healthcare, good food, good company and good parenting.

Following a ranch hand across 2,500 miles to go live in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere (?) with your son (who totally depends on you to be wise), sounds...less-than-wise, and I think by your title, you're doubting the sanity of this move.

What do those who love you and your son think of this potential move?

If you ask enough people, you'll get the answers you might like, or that your boyfriend would like. The "right" answers may be a little harder to get, a little more complicated, and tougher to accept.

...mebe you should call Dr. Laura.

I wish you and your son well.

Alison    Posted 04-29-2004 at 13:59:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for the advice everyone. i do worry about the winters though. the cabin is only heated with a wood burning stove. anyone experience montana winters with little children?

dogbardave    Posted 04-29-2004 at 14:30:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
How rural is this going to be? Will you have running water and wired-in electricity? If you're rural, it could likely go offline for days on end.

...make sure you have a generator.

Make sure your wood (and kindling) is DRY and SEASONED. AND make sure it can't get too wet during the winter...make sure you have plenty of wood. It's not like a cozy little friday nite fire for's your main source of heat! Take it seriously. If not, it'll make for a miserable winter.

My guess is that you'll have culture people won't be as plentiful.

Make good connections in the local town.

See if the local town has a website, check it out, do some research.

Take care of your son!

toolman    Posted 04-29-2004 at 15:09:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
winters can get cold and snowy, go over to the tailers site on here and ask for bobduck he lives there he,ll be able to tell you more.

donna in w.v    Posted 04-29-2004 at 12:25:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Alsion: I live in rural w.v. and lived in mass. most of my life but I think living in the country is pretty much the same everywhere exc. maybe weatherwise. I have one son who will be moving here soon. they have visited often and he and his wife say that they think it's a much safer place to raise a child [she'll be 3 in aug.]We don't have all the traffic and not so many strangers and most people know grandaughter never wants to leave when she visits. We go for long walks and she gets to see things you'd never see in the city. She was amazed to see food growing she thought it grew in those bins in the market . so my advice is to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature,it's an education he'd never get in the city.

watch out for indians    Posted 04-29-2004 at 11:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
they got Gus Mcrae and he fought indians his whole life. Oh, sorry, wrong era, thought ya was on Lonesome Dove. Montana is where most folks wish they were, my wife included. Too far from the ocean for me tho. Good luck: Ron,ar

toolman    Posted 04-29-2004 at 10:40:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
i live just north of montana , in southern b.c., i go down to montana some, very beautiful place warm friendly people , like never even leaving home, relax im sure you ,ll enjoy it there once you get settled in, of luck.

deadcarp    Posted 04-29-2004 at 10:12:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guarantee it's alot safer for all of you in montana but you'll get used to it. Short of that, keep a close eye on the youngster and enjoy his youth with him - it doesn't last long. :)

Aprille    Posted 04-29-2004 at 13:23:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have lived in N.England my WHOLE life..Mass and NH..I have the feeling that Montana is BIG!! REEAAALLLY big..And what a great adventure..You know what you can do?? Go to the state of Montana website or find out how you can call their travel experts or even places in these parts and they will send you booklets of information..Also get in touch with someone from Montana tourism..what a great adventure..I am SO jealous!! Have big fun and remeber we are here!!

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