Is it so that they can draw the classic house + sun crayon drawing?
January 26, 2014 7:36 AM Subscribe
Can you explain to me as if I were an alien why children need to grow up in houses rather than apartments or condos? This is one of those things that seems obvious to everyone else that I seem to miss.
posted by ignignokt to Society & Culture (26 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
When people have children, they seem to make a beeline for house ownership in the suburbs. Except for one person I know that's raising their kids in a condo in the city, everyone I've met that has children does this.
I understand why you might want a house over an apartment in general, but I'm not completely certain why it is seemingly an absolute requirement for children. I grew up in a house myself, and while I did enjoy the backyard, I don't remember anything particularly crucial about that experience. It seems like that could be a tradeoff with some other benefit of living in a more urban area in a condo or apartment. However, houses are really expensive in the areas I've seen parents move to, so maybe there's something compelling that I'm missing.