Would You Move Home To Give Your Kids A Better Life?
We all want to do what’s best for our kids. From the moment they’re born our instincts realign themselves so that our every waking thought is directed towards protecting them. It’s perfectly natural for parents to want what’s best for their kids, and to ensure that they have every opportunity available to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done.
It’s not unheard of for parents to upsticks to move to a different town, a different state or even a different country to enrich their children’s quality of life and provide them with experiences and opportunities that they would not have had otherwise.
Here we’ll look at some of the factors that motivate parents to call Mybekins and relocate their families to new climes. We’ll also consider whether they’re suitable, practical or even possible for all families…
Social and economic mobility
Social mobility is a relatively modern phenomenon that is at the core of the aspirations we raise our kids to hold. We condition them to believe that they can be whoever and whatever they want to believe. The reality, however, can be a stark contrast with this, especially for US citizens. While Americans are on the whole an aspirational bunch, social mobility in the US is surprisingly poor. The assumed notion that the country is a meritocracy and that everyone has an opportunity to move up the income ladder has led to an unfortunate side effect of blocking the redistribution of wealth. Likewise, in the UK savage cuts to infrastructure such as public healthcare, education and community amenities like libraries, museums and galleries have all proven to be barriers to social mobility.
Countries found to have comparatively high social mobility include Canada, Australia, Germany and Denmark. Of course, besides the inevitable language and cultural barriers as well as issues of citizenship, not everyone can afford to simply move their children to a country with better social mobility, leading to something of a Catch 22.
While social mobility and economic opportunity are important factors, we want more for our kids than wealth and prosperity. We want their lives to be rich and colorful. We want to make sure that they’ll have access to art, music and culture. We want them to engage with science and human endeavor as well as the bounty of nature. We want to allow our kids to grow up clever and informed but also emotionally well adjusted. Thus, access to museums, art galleries, theatres and picture houses are hugely important sources of enrichment for kids. Most cities all over the world contain these and if you have access to them, you owe it to your child to share it. They’re a great way of not only engaging with their own culture but cultures from all around the world. In an increasingly global economy a little international understanding goes a long long way.
Of course, living costs play a huge part in determining a family’s quality of life. They not only determine their ability to live in a clean, safe area but their ability to enjoy services and amenities. Run this cost of living comparison between your home town and a few in the surrounding areas and you may just get a surprise.
Moving is a logistically and financially difficult transition, but moving to an area with better amenities and an improved cost of living will benefit your whole family in the long run.
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