You keep hearing that raising a kid downtown is somehow unsuitable for our wee ones. Me? I grew up downtown, where I could walk to markets, festivals, plays, bookstores, concerts. I couldn't wait to give my kid access to a vibrant, interesting landscape. Here's a fun little photo tour of what it's like (for me) to raise a kid in dowtown Toronto.
Parenthood is such a wild experiment, you never know what kind of kid you’re going to get. But I am hoping my kid grows up to feels rooted in his city, with the confidence and curiosity to explore the world at large.
We didn’t have a car until recently - as long as he fit in the bike seat, we were good. OK, grocery shopping and winter was a bit of a pain, but we figured out systems. Here is G. with us on the Ride for Heart. That was a fun day.
There are some crazy awesome parks we can walk to. Dufferin Grove has this amazing sandpit that kids dig in and construct rivers and tributaries with shovels and logs. Keeps them busy for hours (and filthy, so bring clothes).
This one time we let him ride his scooter in the alleyway and it was really scary. Our elderly Portugese neighbour gave us the stink eye for not dressing him warmly enough. (she was right! It was a bit cool).