- Accessibility—Errands are easier to run in a place where you live close to shopping, laundry, entertainment, and healthcare.
- Cultural experiences—Living in the city may provide an opportunity for children to be exposed to different cultures. Children can learn about different and exotic cuisine, art, and traditions.
- Simple Living—Small spaces encourage families to live smaller and simpler. There is no room for excess belongings. Families need to learn to share smaller spaces and boosts potential bonding experiences.
- Public transportation—Taking the bus in a city full of cars saves you money on car payments, insurance, and fuel. Even more, you are teaching your children about saving both money and the environment.
- Open spaces—In the country children have more room to run and explore. What’s more, with fewer vehicles than in the city, it is safer. Even homes tend to have more open space allowing for more adventurous with you decorating (check out my article about rug rules).
- Prettier Skyline—There are also fewer buildings taking up the skyline, rather than skyscrapers you will see the occasional steel building used by farmers and others living in the country. Steel buildings like warehouses and horse arenas made by Rhino steel building systems are much less imposing and leave room for the sun to shine.
- Being exposed to nature—Children with more room to explore will inadvertently learn about nature by simply being exposed to it. Try that in the concrete jungle of the city. When you live in the country you are surrounded by forest, farmland, and animals.
- Quiet—With few cars and people, the country is quiet. When it is quiet, children become more attuned to the sounds of nature.
- Independence—living on a farm out in the country, a child learns to become more dependent. Farming and country living teaches skills that you will not learn in the city.
When it comes down to it, there will always be parents who swear that city living is the best place for a child to develop, just as there will always be parents who say that country living is the optimal environment to raise a child. The truth is, both environments have their advantages and disadvantages.
Personally, country living offers more traditional ways of living and teaches independence. Sure, city living seems like it offers more opportunity for worldly education but it can get so busy and competitive among families; there is no time to enjoy life. Raising children in a country setting gives children a good balance of structure and unstructured activity, providing them with a more balanced upbringing. Besides, you can always visit the city. One of my favorite destinations has always been New York City and of course you know I have great insights on saving money in the Big Apple.