Childrearing

7 Realities Of Raising Kids In An Apartment

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Unless you live in a big city, the typical family dwelling to you is probably a house in a quiet neighborhood with a big backyard. The reality, though, is that many of us parents are raising kids in apartments, either by choice or for financial reasons. I currently share an apartment with my husband and our two kids, and while we hope to be able to buy a home someday, we’ve been happily making the apartment gig work for more than a few years now. As skilled as we’ve gotten at apartment living, there are still some pitfalls you just can’t escape. Here are seven issues you encounter while raising kids in an apartment:

1. There is never enough space.

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Sure, you learn to simplify and use less, but that doesn’t mean fitting everything into the linen closet stops being a master level game of Tetris. Kids come with stuff. There’s no way around it. The best you can do is meet your needs as efficiently as possible and find creative ways to stay organized while you drool over elaborate mud rooms on Pinterest.

2. You’re legitimately scared people will call the cops every time the baby cries.

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Apartment walls are thin, and even though you do your best to keep the kids happy, there’s no escaping their bloodcurdling screeches when they’re upset. My toddler recently started screaming ‘no’ over and over again at the top of her lungs whenever she’s mad, which I’m sure our neighbors think sounds lovely and not at all like someone is being murdered in our living room.

3. There’s no such thing as peace and quiet.

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There’s no escaping the upstairs neighbor who stomps around at 4am getting ready for work or that kids get out of school right around nap time and come up the stairs laughing and shouting like hyenas. Sure, you could go out and yell at everyone, but you really don’t want to be that person, plus then they’d definitely have you arrested next time your kid cries because they can’t have ice cream for dinner.

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