Please enjoy the following guest post about the challenges of raising kids in an urban setting.
Susan Wesley is a child psychologist and works with troubled youth in middle and high schools in NYC. She primarily deals with problematic behavior caused by the urban setting these kids are raised in and has had much success in reducing or eliminating these issues. When she's not in her office, she enjoys sipping on a cold brew in Central Park and going for a run.
Raising a kid in an urban setting is often expensive
Transportation is tricky
Raising kids in NYC - the mother of all urban settings
There are heightened safety concerns in an urban setting
You need to worry about their health more
You'll be much busier in the city
Spending time outdoors can be difficult
Check-in with your child's mental health awareness
Positive sides of raising kids in an urban setting
● Better educational opportunities
Your kids will get to learn from great teachers and professors. They'll also have better job opportunities later in life.
● Access to cultural and entertainment options
Your kid will never get bored or run out of things to do. Urban cities offer a variety of fun activities to try out and enjoy.
● Your kids will be more resourceful and independent
Last but not least, your kids will learn to go through tough situations in life much more quickly and efficiently.
Although there are many challenges of raising kids in an urban setting, if this is something you want or have to do, don’t be afraid. Growing up in a city comes will its own set of advantages, too. All you will need is better organization.
David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 16-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old toy poodle.