I want to compare my lifestyle with others living in major cities...
We live in the inner suburbs. I don't want to move but my DH does. Our suburb is really expensive and we are in a tiny house with no yard. My DH thinks it would be good for the kids if we moved further out so we had lots of space and a big yard. I grew up in the city, so I am hesitant about the 'burbs.
Right now, I'm a SAHM and I love my local community. It's a very busy neighbourhood, with lots of cafes and shops around and lots of families and everything is within walking distance. Most days I take the kids out somewhere (we always walk) - to a cafe for a coffee and babychino, to playgroup, to a park, or to the main shopping strip if I need to run errands or buy food. We constantly bump into friends and neighbours, people from playgroup etc on the street or at the park. I have an enthusiastic mothers group, all in the neighbourhood, who meet up once or twice a week at the park, and catch up for playdates inbetween. My playgroup organises nights out for parents at the pub or a restaurant. The public school my kids will go to has fete days and trivia nights and working bees in the veggie garden. It is everything I wanted in a neighbourhood.
I understand DH's desire for space, but I'm scared of ending up in an empty suburb as a SAHM with nothing to do and empty streets and parks with no-one to meet and getting in the car all day to go anywhere.
So, tell me what it is like where you live? How far are you from the city centre? Do you walk or drive around your area? Are your friends all in the same suburb? What do you do all day as a SAHM? Do you meet like minded people in the community? What facilities do you have near by? Do you stay in your suburb or do you wander around the rest of the city?