Raising Kids in the City or the Suburbs?
Lisa Belkin, Motherlode, NY Times, February 19, 2009
When my children were young and we had just moved to a house in the suburbs, friends would come up and visit from the city. They would sit on the porch, or push their children on our swing set, and they’d explain how they had thought of moving to greener spaces — but they could never leave the museums and the theater, and they would lose their minds driving a carpool.
Then my husband and I would explain that we had thought about staying in the city — but couldn’t handle the pressure of the Manhattan school scramble or the anxiety of taking a stroller on the subway.
Space vs. commute, more sophisticated kids vs. more sheltered ones, culture vs. cost, traffic noise vs. traffic jams. Fill in your own blanks.
Each of us had made a choice we weren’t certain was the right one, because when it comes down to it, you can scare yourself raising children anywhere.
I’d love to be able to raise my kids in the city. City kids are tougher, more cultured, and more intelligent. Sheltering is the opposite of parenting. Suburbs are for sissies.
What do you think?