New York City
I have never actually realized how blessed I am to live in one of the biggest cities in the world. My parents were extremely strict as I was growing up so I could not really explore the city and because I got married at a very young age, my life has always been in my little corner of Manhattan.
However, now that I have children, I am learning to love the big city I grew up in. We’ve explored many beautiful areas in New York and have many more left to explore!
Now that my kids are growing and starting preschool soon, I have come to realize that although raising kids in NYC does have it’s perks, it is also very difficult.
So I have come up with a list of the pros and cons of raising kids in NYC:
- The diversity. You meet people from all over the world in NYC and get a glimpse of different culture and religions– a great way to raise loving and accepting individuals (hopefully!).
- The museums. So many museums, so little time (not really. But that sounded cool). There is a museum for absolutely everything in the city!
- “Big city attitude”. This will also go in my cons list because it can be both good and bad. However, in the positive side, having a big city personality can make you very resilient and outgoing.
- No need for a minivan. My little ones and I can travel anywhere in the city with only $2.50 🙂
- Summers in the city! Summer is filled with no-cost family entertainment.
- Doctors. NYC is known for the best doctors and medical facilities.
- Support Groups. I have already been in two support groups for young mothers. The city is filled with so many support groups for all kinds of parents.
- Pizza. Nuff said.
- Extra curricular activities. There are literally hundreds of extra curricular activities to chose from.
- Dreams come true. I am a dreamer and therefore I would like my kiddos to dream big. New York City is the place where all dreams can come true ❤
- Expensive. NYC is very expensive and the prices just keep rising. It can be a challenge to find an affordable apartment for a big family. However, depending on your income, the city offers many opportunities for assistance (had to throw in a pro).
- Walk up apartments. So you’ve found an apartment you can afford– but it is on a fifth floor walk up with no elevator. Welcome to my world ❤ it is very difficult going up and down stairs with bikes, two kids, a diaper bag and ten million other things.
- Winters suck. Unless you have extra cash, taking the kids out on fun activities can be tough because everything is indoors. I am not saying it’s impossible but it’s tough.
- School district. I have searched endlessly for a good school district in the city and it is pretty difficult to find one. A lot of kids are actually in private schools because of that! Again, not impossible, but tough.
- “Big city attitude”. Told you I would come back to this one. So yeah, the kids in NYC grow up way too fast. I remember being taught sex ed when sex wasn’t even on my mind. And although that can be a positive thing, I still think we should take it slower on these city kids.
- Drugs and alcohol. Nuff said.
There are definitely more positive things than negative. But it depends on your expectations if those negatives overshadow the positives. My husband and I have considered moving from the city dozens of times due to the negative!
But we are still here… 😀
a loving mama