We have two small children - and all they have experienced is growing up on our farm. I have two older children who grew up in a city...so as a dad I have seen the good and bad of bringing children up in both environments. My choice would be having my children on a farm....but maybe there choice would be different (remind me to ask them when they are adults)
I was brought up in a suburban house in Sydney Australia. My partner Jen was brought up in rural Casco Maine....not more than 500 yards from where we now live. So between us we have experienced as kids from both perspectives.
So as a fun activity we wrote down all the good and the bad that we think we have for bringing up our kids on our Maine farm...and compared notes. Surprisingly our lists were almost the same.
Thanks for sharing Gary. Like you, I was brought up in the country while my wife was in the city. We have two boys under three and are in the process of moving to our land outside the city.
I have often thought about how this will effect our boys. While there are benefits to living in the city, I think country living has more to offer. As parents, we will have to be creative in getting our boys together with other kids. We do have an advantage by having cousins just down the street.