Phil & Kirsty love to drill it home that location is key. No doubt they are correct when referring to house prices but does the location on where you choose to bring your child up have an impact?
It is proven that children living in the countryside grow up closer to nature and perhaps sheltered, but in contrast children that are bought up in a city have their eyes opened to world early and more are streetwise. Which do you think is more important?
I grew up in a
sunny grey coastal town on the east coast of England. Kind of shaded from the big bad world it was a great place to grow up. Often described as gods waiting room, it was a haven in the summer months when the entire inhabitants congregated on the beach to lap up some vitamin D. As with all coastal towns fishing was the integral industry that saw the area a hive of activity from the 1900’s. Sadly, this seems to have all but dried up and left the town looking even more grey than the weather.
Question. Am I wrong for relocating to a city and depriving my son from a rural upbringing? Has a rural upbringing made me who I am? Is urban living overrated?
Although we have only move to a city around 30 miles away it is undeniable that my and his upbringing will differ in many ways. Firstly, no beach to escape to at the drop of a hat. Potentially, less visits to immediate family and lastly, the safe bubble of a small caring community. Flip the coin. The advantages of city living see’s more opportunities on the activity front, social diversity and finally a rich link to history and thriving culture offerings.
Weighing up rural and urban living is probably a predicament a lot of new/prospecting parents face. Parents want the exciting buzz of a city, yet the relaxing beauty of a peaceful landscape. Basically, this is the holy grail when house hunting and a balance that is so hard to find nowadays, unless money is no object. It’s sad to say but money is a determining factor.
When children enter the scene their demands rise above anything that have gone before. Prior to Hux being born we initially moved to the city for the vibrancy of life, jobs and social outgoing. Now Hux is firmly on the scene our views turn to nursery/schooling, safety in the community and health. Something that perhaps we foolishly didn’t even really consider when looking to move area as having a baby was way in the distance.
It’s hard to say whether rural or urban living is best for children. It is impossible to come to a firm verdict when there are so many determining factors. The jury’s still out, globally. I am under the illusion that any place you as the parents choose to reside, is good enough of a judgement that you are happy to raise your child there. It is integral that you make the most of the location you live in, giving all the opportunities the area provides to raise a well-rounded and balanced child.
Please let me know if you had a rural upbringing but didn’t want the same lifestyle for your child? Are you secretly looking to flee the busslin’ city or town for a back to nature vibe? It’s strange that I choose to write this post with already firm plans on moving back to country to see out retirement (if I reach it). Am I being selfish or have I subconsciously chosen the city lifestyle for Hux’ sake with regards to his future in mind. Only time will tell…
Let me know your thought as there are strong arguments for both sides.