Nov 26, 2009 Uncategorized
I’m over on the NYC Moms Blog today, talking about how I’d like to do more travel with my family that doesn’t involve visiting other family. The only problem is, I don’t want to achieve that by visiting my family less. I think my husband just needs 12 weeks of paid vacation every year and a huge raise and then things will work out fine. :-)
But seriously, I’m far from the only person with this problem. Most of the people I know in Brooklyn with kids don’t have family nearby. My maternal great-grandparents, grandparents, and mom all grew up in Buffalo and lived there all of their lives (my mother keeps threatening to leave but I don’t believe her at this point). I spent weekends at my grandmother’s house, it was just normal. Now, seeing grandparents is a trip, a big production. Hardly anybody stays where they grew up anymore. I wonder if kids growing up without being close to multiple generations of their families is going to have some kind of impact later on. I know it has a very serious impact on our babysitting budget.