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12 Things a Manhattan Mom Wants You to Know

Hi, I’m Marinka and I’m raising my kids in Manhattan. Mostly it’s been great. Expensive, but great. I love NYC and I love that my children love it too. But over the years, people have made assumptions about what it’s like to raise children here. Some of them have been waaaay off (no, we don’t have a butler; nor do we live at the Plaza) while others are pretty right on (yes, it would be nice to have a backyard).

Click through for more things that I want you to know about raising kids in Manhattan.

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  • We Don’t Take Our Kids to the Empire State Building 1 of 13
    We Don't Take Our Kids to the Empire State Building
    The only way our kids have been to the Empire State Building is if they were taken on a class trip. See also, The Statue of Liberty.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • But They Have Walked Across the Brooklyn Bridge 2 of 13
    But They Have Walked Across the Brooklyn Bridge
    Because that is fun and free and there are no lines. And also, free. Free, I tell you!
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • We’ve Been to American Museum of Natural History a Million Times 3 of 13
    We've Been to American Museum of Natural History a Million Times
    And we're on a first name basis with all the dinosaurs! Even the chicken nuggets in their cafeteria are dinosaur shaped.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Our Kids Eat Sushi 4 of 13
    Our Kids Eat Sushi
    Except for the ones who make the yuck face at sushi and demand chicken nuggets instead.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • We Wish We Had a Target 5 of 13
    We Wish We Had a Target
    We really, really do. Really.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Even Though We Haven’t Been to Church in Years 6 of 13
    Even Though We Haven't Been to Church in Years
    When we learn that our kids' Little League/Soccer game schedule includes a regular 8 am Sunday slot, we become indignant.
    Photo Credit: MorgueFile
  • If Our Kids Attend Private Nursery School… 7 of 13
    If Our Kids Attend Private Nursery School...
    we had to apply before the child was two years old. Some schools hold a lottery for parents just to get an application. More shockers! Private school tuition is over $30,000 a year. If your child attends public school, you have to apply to get in. School application time is when most people we know consider moving out of NYC.
    Photo Credit: MorgueFile
  • Some of the Best Theatre is in NYC 8 of 13
    Some of the Best Theatre is in NYC
    Unfortunately we have mortgage/rent to pay so we can't afford to go the theatre.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • We Have Lice Help! 9 of 13
    We Have Lice Help!
    When our kids are lousy, we go to places like Hair Fairies. They nitpick for us while we sit and wonder why they don't serve wine to the parents.
    Photo Credit: Hair Fairies
  • Liquor Stores Are Open 7 Days a Week 10 of 13
    Liquor Stores Are Open 7 Days a Week
    Speaking of wine, our liquor stores are open seven days a week. Suck it, blue laws. (And also, liver.)
    Photo Credit: MorgueFile
  • Our Kids Know How to Hail a Taxi by Age 5 11 of 13
    Our Kids Know How to Hail a Taxi by Age 5
    Hint: The light on top of the cab is turned on. The off duty sign is turned off.
    Photo Credit: MorgueFile
  • Yes, We Do Wish We Had a Backyard 12 of 13
    Yes, We Do Wish We Had a Backyard
    But we make do with Central Park. Which we seldom go to because we'd have to take a taxi there and so many of them are off duty.
    Photo Credit: Wiki
  • Even Before We Had Kids, It was Never Like ‘Sex and the City’ 13 of 13
    Even Before We Had Kids, It was Never Like 'Sex and the City'
    Or at least, it wasn't for me. OMG, were other people living the 'Sex and the City' life and excluded me from it?
    Get it from Amazon $13.99

Photo source: Wiki

For more of Marinka, visit her personal blog Motherhood in NYC and The Mouthy Housewives, where she doles out advice as though it were candy. Mmm … candy. Also, follow her on Twitter, where she never refers to herself in the third person, but does have a potty mouth. Sorry!

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