Anyone raising kids here in LA? Moved from the Midwest recently and have this underlying fear that my girls will be exposed to a far more superficial and unhealthy way of living here than in the Midwest. Irrational?

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I grew up in a rural area and later moved to LA as an early teen. I hated living in the rural area because everyone had to conform to whatever the culture was there otherwise you’d be ostracized. Here, I was able to find my group of weirdos.

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Depends on 1) where in LA, 2) what schools you choose to send your kids to, and 3) who you associate with.

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Having heard the same stereotype from my SO’s midwestern parents and my extended family who lives in the south, your kids will only end up that way if you raise them that way. I’m born and raised here and the cultural elements I was able to be exposed to compared to had I grown up elsewhere were so beneficial to making me more open minded to all types of people and experiences. To SC1’s point, my SO felt the same where you had to lie and live a certain way to not be ostracized (ie his family pretending to be religious to fit in the bible belt, then moving here and finding it’s not a problem not being religious here).

If you raise your girls aspiring to be influencers and materialistic/believing everything they see on IG, then yeah they’ll probably be superficial and maintain an unhealthy view of life (whatever this means??)

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Have you seen Mean Girls? There’s superficiality everywhere and it’s less geographically concentrated nowadays with social media. It’s all about how you raise your kids and what you expose them to

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I think another biggest thing to remind of would be drugs. LA and CA in general has so much drug addicts let alone weed smokers.

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If you teach your children they will learn if you don’t society will teach them. It’s simple.

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