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Salt & Nectar by The Sarahs 

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The Best Part of Living in Southern California

Living in Southern California is a pretty close to perfect because one gets to enjoy pristine weather, which fosters a healthy outdoor lifestyle. And the more one is outside of the house, the more one takes advantage of the cultural and geographic diversity the area has to offer. I truly appreciate living in a city where one can easily experience the beach, the mountains, and the desert; the urban, the suburban, and the rural; and, most importantly, the languages, the foods, and the traditions of the people that are Los Angeles. It's a great place to be from and a great place to grow up because, speaking from personal experience, children really can lead a fuller, enriched life here based on the variety of interactions, experiences, and beliefs they are exposed to in their social and home life. And the constant sunshine doesn't hurt either.

My Favorite Local Kid-Friendly Activity

Like mother, like son. Our absolute favorite activity to do together is to hit the beach. We're very fortunate to live a short drive from Santa Monica (less than 10 minutes, which is huge considering LA traffic!), so we're at the beach at least three times per week. We run along the water's edge, we dig holes and search for sand crabs, and we get knocked over by waves. When we need a break from the surf and sand, we stroll along the pedestrian walkway, enjoy the beach parks, or have fun taking in the sights and sounds on the pier. And if we're not at the beach, then you can find us at LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits.

The Biggest Challenge of Raising a Child Here

Hmmm...this is a tough one to answer because I haven't experienced many challenges when raising a child in SoCal. However, I only have a soon-to-be two-year-old. Right now, the biggest challenge is finding a reliable babysitter. Although we live in a residential area with lots of families, neighbors still have a private city mentality, keeping vetted information that is helpful to new parents to themselves. So, I'm still looking for a regular sitter from my immediate neighborhood that I can call for help. In the future — besides the plight of the LAUSD — I imagine that building a sense of community may take a bit longer than if one lived in a small town because many people reside all over this geographically spread out city, so children won't as easily get to hang out after school and on weekends. Finally, I would have to say that being car-reliant in LA can be a challenge, but I'm determined to teach my son to view it as a walker's city so he continues develop as an independent explorer.

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