Parents want the best for their children. Here’s one way you can help them learn to be adaptable and open-minded with good survival skills.
Big City Life
I grew up right next to New York City in what is often called “the 6th Borough”, or Jersey City. From birth I learned the big city way of life. Where I lived was urban and industrialized. We went to New York City regularly to shop, visit friends and relatives, eat, visit museums or Broadway shows, take courses, and just chill. I learned the survival skills necessary for living in the city which came in useful in my adult life as I visited other large cities around the world. I like city life and now enjoy living in London.
Living a Rugged, Rural Life
When I was 7 years old, my parents introduced me to another way of life, the opposite of city living. They sent me to a summer camp during the two months of summer school holiday. This wasn’t a luxury camp. It was a girl scout camp; very rugged, and I loved it. I chose to go there 7 consecutive summers, from age 7 to 14. The experience of camp life opened my eyes to an alternative way of life that didn’t exist in the city and I learned many skills that you would never pick up in the big, industrialized city.
Of course we learned useful socialization skills and we had wonderful crafts projects that I still remember, and all sorts of other useful things. But what I think was most valuable were the things that I didn’t have the opportunity to learn living in the city.