Parents have a seemingly endless amount of choices when considering where to raise their children, and every choice is valid for a variety of reasons. For parents choosing that "city life," a proximity to cultural events, access to public transit, and a fast-paced schedule are just some of the positives to raising kids in a concrete jungle. There isn't a single parent that can avoid stereotypes though, and in the case of metropolis moms there are city mom stereotypes that are actually true.
While I haven’t lived in the City (read: New York City), I have lived in a rather large city all my life: Miami, Florida. And though I live in Denver, Colorado now, a smaller city, I still consider myself more of a city person and, since I'm a parent, a city mom. I’ve always enjoyed the energy of a city, too. I love to people watch, I enjoy going to museums and concerts, and I am, frankly, not very much of an outdoors person. And if you're keeping track, that's a stereotype, stereotype, and yes, another stereotype — all pretty accurate.
While I like hanging out in the mountains or at the beach, I could never be convinced to move too far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and I know I'm not the only city mom to feel that way, either. So with that in mind, here are a few other city mom stereotypes that are pretty accurate:
They Stress Out About Finding A Preschool
All the city moms I know stress about preschool, because many cities require months (if not years) of advance notice to apply. In fact, some city moms actually start searching and applying while they're still pregnant.
It took me months to find an open spot for my son in our neighborhood, and I know I’m one of the “lucky” ones.
They’re Open-Minded AF
Unless she's like Attorney Aaron Schlossberg, odds are the city mom is extremely open minded. Why? Well, when you're in the city you're frequently exposed to diversity and inclusion. So a city mom is comfortable around all kinds of people, and celebrates people's difference because, in the end, she knows her kids will only be made by them.