I'm in the midst of a dilemma, and was hoping you all could help talk me through some different aspects of this situation.
We're looking for a new house right now, and this house would likely be our forever home- or at least the only one we raise our kids in. Who knows what will happen after they move out!
When I was a kid, I was spoiled. I literally had a soccer field, park, playground, creek, and snack bar right across the street. Down the street I had a hardware store and grocery store. A few blocks away was a corner store. From the time I was about 5 until I got a car, I could walk or ride my bike to everything my little heart could ever desire. And we were on a dead end street, so the entire street was our private playground.
I'd really, really like to reproduce that for my kids, but unfortunately, the market and economy has changed, and it is proving to be VERY hard to find something even similar. All my favorite houses that are in our comfortable price are in walking distance to NOTHING. Which for me, is fine, I can drive. But what about when they're 5 - 15? They couldn't go anywhere or do anything without a driver. Even if I don't want them going off alone, I'd like to be able to walk with them places. Walking is such a good habit to encourage! But, I imagine there's more to having a good childhood than walking distance, right? Like, a nice house in a safe neighborhood, and enough funds to go off and have fun.
What is everyone's experience with either being a kid or raising kids when nothing is in walking distance? What do the kids do on those lazy summer vacation days when you throw them out of the house and tell them to go play? Do they make it work, even if they're just in a crowded neighborhood? Just play on the sidewalks up and down the street? Or would I have to play chauffeur every day and drive them somewhere where there's something for them to do?