We often hear a lot about needing a large house in order to raise a family. It makes sense when you think about it; you want more bedrooms for your kids, to give them private spaces when they need it and also to give them something like a garden where they can frolic and play without worrying too much about their safety.
However, this idea has become such a big deal that many people are refusing to start families until they have larger homes. More often than not, this could cause problems in the relationship and even occasionally hold a couple back several years before they decide to have a child.
But people are now starting to change their opinions on what they believe is an acceptable lifestyle before you have children. Large homes used to be the norm, but there’s a new wave of thinking that could change that.
Raising your child in a smaller home encourages interaction
Most families will meet together every so often in the home for things like eating dinner together, waking up together or even gathering around to watch television. These days, it’s almost become the norm to allow your child, no matter their age, private spaces that they can retreat to in order to get away from their parents and have time to themselves. Unfortunately, raising your child in a large home also means that your kids are more likely to withdraw themselves and it means you see less of your kids, resulting in fewer conversations, less interaction and more scripted encounters which feel forced.
In a smaller home, conversations with your children can happen naturally, they’ll get used to interacting with people on a regular basis and it generally feels more genuine and connected. In short, smaller homes force us to communicate more with our children and it makes them less likely to withdraw from situations that they don’t enjoy. Instead, it teaches them to value communication and will greatly improve their social skills as opposed to locking themselves in their own private room.
Smaller homes can help your child appreciate what they have
Anyone that grew up as a child in a small home understands the value of what they have and will appreciate things more. A small home can often teach your child things like getting rid of clutter that they don’t need, removing old toys and games that they’re done with, recycling, donating to charity and even making the most of the space they have. It teaches children to be more resourceful with their lives and helps them build a more humble understanding of the world.
When children are brought up in larger homes, they can be spoilt for space and they might be furious when it comes to getting rid of clutter because they want to keep everything. After all, you have more space and their rooms are larger, so it only makes sense to allow your children the luxury of cluttering up their home. However, children brought up in small homes will realize they don’t have much space and will need to find ways to make the best of their allowance and also learn to clean up and pack away things they don’t immediately need.
Larger homes aren’t always practical
If you look for a spacious house for rent, you’ll often find that while they are big, beautiful and full of extras that you could make use of, they’re often just not practical. All you really need is an extra bedroom for your child and that’s it. You don’t need to move to a bigger home just to give them more space, and there are plenty of impractical things about moving home in the first place.
Relocating can be a huge pain and it’s often acceptable just to stay put and raise a family in a smaller home that you currently own. Not only can moving be more expensive, but being forced to potentially find a new job and meet new people can come with more worries that will ultimately distract you from trying to raise your children.
In short, living in a smaller home can make your child appreciate what they have a little more than if they were brought up in a large home. It teaches them to communicate with their parents and, by extension, become more comfortable in social situations. It also helps them with skills such as organisation, it teaches them to save space and it gets them used to throwing out unneeded items that are just cluttering up their space.