City, Town, or Country for Raising Kids?
I recall, as a pre-schooler, growing up, out in the country where lakes and bears and snow were in abundance. One of my earliest memories was learning to ice skate by letting huge winds blow me down one side of a long drainage ditch of sorts. Reaching the other end, I would hike back up the frozen grass to start the process all over again.
It was the country, but it wasn’t a farm or anything. My parents had decided to build a house in an area where no one else lived, yet. My brother and I learned to entertain ourselves, not necessarily together, and all I can say is that our creative bent grew during those years of semi-isolation.
I wonder if many of our kids today receive “down-time”, time just to create and imagine.
Small towns afford many opportunities, as well. We attended a Presidents’ Day Parade on Monday and most of our kids had never seen a parade in person before. They waved, had candy thrown at them, oohed at the fife and drum corps, as well as dogs marching by. Neighbors knew each other, folks came out of the parade to laugh and shake hands with friends, cub scout troops proudly walked with their dens. High school marching bands from suburbia strutted their stuff.
There was a sense of belonging.
In the city, we have many benefits—the museums, the educational programs, the lectures and concerts of every kind. The restaurants and cafes hailing from most every part of the globe, where, for a $5 falafel, you would think you had just been transported to the bazaars of Baghdad. There are parks and zoos. There are buses and subways, allowing minors to be mobile, without parents having to chauffeur them everywhere.
Maybe if they were 45 years old.
There are advantages to growing up in all sorts of settings. Which do you feel is best for children?
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