There are two kinds of people out there: those who live in California and those who wish that they lived in California. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but even moms and dads know they’ve got it better compared to other parents across the nation. From NorCal to SoCal, you’ve got endless stretches of beaches, year-round sun and warmth, some of the best vegetables grown in the country, and every reason to be proud that you live in the Golden State. That’s because there’s no other place in the nation that’s just like the state of California.
With that said, here are 20 parenting styles that we would only see from a California mom. Now, that’s not to say that the California way of parenting is any better or worse than the rest of the country. Instead, it’s just a little different. After all, many people from both coasts would agree that California residents have long wanted the state to be a separate entity. And while no one knows what the future may hold, one thing is for certain: People will always look to California for the latest trends, topics, and, of course, ways of life.
Check out our list below, and let us know what you think in our comments section.
20 Having Day Dates With Your Baby At The Beach
One of the best things about living in California is that you get to be so close to the ocean. And for anyone who has spent time near the Pacific Ocean, they will know that it’s the best (and free) kind of therapy that you can get. Plus, there’s just so much that your children can learn on a simple beach day with the family. From the sand to the rocks to even what creatures live inside the sea, toddlers have endless questions about one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts to us: California and her beautiful coastline along with the vast Pacific Ocean that it touches.
19 Hiking And More Hiking (Because You Can)
There are so many reasons why people love California, but one of the best reasons is that it’s one of the most picture-perfect states with all the nature. From the gigantic Redwood trees in Northern California to the deserts near Palm Springs, California is kind of like an all-in-one package. Also, it gets the entire family moving! You certainly can’t beat that. There’s no better weekend spent than a weekend hiking in the great outdoors with your partner and children. You end up making some of the best memories that your child will hang on to for a lifetime. Believe us.
18 It’s A Norcal vs. SoCal Thing
People in California might be united as one, but that doesn’t mean the northern residents don’t have their differences when it comes to their southern counterparts. More often than not, you will hear the term “It’s a Norcal thing” or “It’s a Socal thing” and for a very good reason, too, and that mostly comes from their taste. Norcal is known as the birthplace for the farm-to-table movement while SoCal residents are very proud of their great tasting, authentic food just like south of the border. Wherever you live, you can’t go wrong, or hungry for that matter! Parents and their families in California feel very lucky to live in a state with such diverse cuisine options.
17 Playdates At In-N-Out
Here’s something else that will make all of your East Coast cousins and family members incredibly jealous: all of the playdates you get to have at In-N-Out. Because let’s face it, there is nothing else in the country that compares to In-N-Out when it comes to their burgers. Okay, so Texans might argue that Whataburger is just as good and some Floridians might say that Burger Fi is the next best thing, but California locals know what the truth is. One bite of their delicious cheeseburgers says it all. It’s no wonder so many people travel to California just to try an In-N-Out burger before going back home!
16 Taking Advantage Of All The Competition Show Opportunities
If you haven’t noticed already, about 80 percent of all reality television and competition shows are filmed near or around the Los Angeles area. If you have a child that wants to be the next great baker, there’s a show for that. If your child has entrepreneur aspirations, there’s a show for that, too. Or if your child simply wants to show off what kind of talented dancer, musician, or juggler – you guessed it – there’s a show for that, too. The options are endless. That’s why it’s not surprising for many California parents and their kids to see their peers and classmates on one show or another.
15 Living In Uber Cool Homes
From Santa Barbara County to Palm Springs, California has some of the coolest homes in the country. After all, they did invent the term modernism in the 1950s and ’60s for a reason. Many California families have adopted a simple, yet modern and even a little quirky style with their home décor. Add a pop of color (like bright yellows or cobalt blues) here and there and you’ve got a living room that came straight out of a hipster home décor blog. And just to think, you got many of your items on sale or on the clearance rack at Target!
14 Growing Up Organic
Many people in California love living a healthy lifestyle. It’s been reported that some of the best vegetables are grown in farms all across the state. Those families that have an opportunity to feed their children wholesome, organic fruits, vegetables, and meals do so every day. And it’s something that they don’t take for granted. They know that a lot of kids out there don’t have an opportunity to eat as well and that’s why they build organic gardens for their communities. You don’t have to go very far on a typical California street to find at least one neighbor growing watermelons in their backyard or another neighbor harvesting veggies for the upcoming season.
13 Growing Up With The Disney Life
Sure, Orlando has Walt Disney World, and yes, it’s so much bigger than Disneyland in Anaheim, California. But Disneyland has something that Disney World just hasn’t picked up on yet: the cool factor. Yes, there are more people who want to work on their social media feed at Disneyland rather than Disney World or any other place for that matter. And just to think, California kids get to have it in their backyard, plus so much more. There’s no better breakfast to be had than one with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the gang, right? Plus, you can’t just wear your Mickey ears, you’ve got to earn them, too.
12 Enjoying The Holidays In 80-Degree Weather
There’s a good reason why many California residents are outdoors almost every day of the calendar year. That’s because you simply can’t beat the weather. They say that in San Diego, the weather remains a cool 72 degrees all year round and yes, we believe it. Heck, not only do we believe it, but we are jealous over it, too. California moms can take long walks with their baby strollers, hike with their kids, or go for a jog during all four seasons of the year. Yes, your cousins in the East Coast that are stuck in the snow are going to be green with envy.
11 Raising Your Baby Like A Hollywood Star
Everyone thinks that their baby is a star, right? Well, if you are from California, there’s a good chance that you probably think your baby has got what it takes to be a Hollywood star one day, too. Not only do California kids dress the part, but they sure act like it, too. What’s more, they aren’t very phased by all of the red carpet hoopla. And that’s because they’ve seen it more times than they can count! And yes, putting your kids in commercials or part-time acting work does count as an extracurricular after-school activity. We totally get it.
10 Knowing That Everyone Wants To Visit You
We wouldn’t be surprised if the state of California decided to rename itself as the “Reunion State” simply because family members and friends from out of state want to visit their relatives in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego as often as they possibly can. That’s because California truly is one of the best vacation destinations in the world. And it’s also a great place to host a family reunion. And if you live in the state, prepare to have a guest room ready because it will surely be used as often as possible! We can almost bet you that it’s true!
9 Not All Families Look The Same
People from California are very proud of the fact that they live in a very diverse state. There are people that come from all walks of life and all corners of the globe to California. As a result, many kids end up going to school with kids that have very different families than their own. As many parents know, you get to learn so much from those who live lives that are very different than your own. That’s one of the beauties of living and raising a family in the Golden State. If that weren’t enough, your children will also be exposed to so many different cultures, traditions, and languages that soon enough, it will feel like a normal way of life for them.
8 Staying True And Loyal To Your Hometown
Another great thing about growing up in California is that there are so many great cities in the state. From San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego, hometown pride is bursting at the seams. Or rather, the city limits of each zip code. Plus, when you’ve got great teams like the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers, you’ve got every reason to be loud and proud and shout about how much you love your city from the highest rooftops. And yes, the rest of the country is looking on with complete envy, too. Everyone wants to be just like you.
7 Learning How To Snowboard, Surf, Or Skate Before Kindergarten
Another advantage to growing up in California is that you get to learn how to snowboard, surf, and skate before your first day of Kindergarten. And just to think, you don’t even have to leave the state to do all three, too! Whether you are snowboarding up north or learning how to use a skateboard in Venice Beach, California kids love to be on the move at all times. In some ways, California kids really do look like they were born to be athletes. Many parents end up raising kids who are willing to try just about anything, as long as it has wheels on it!
6 Not Worrying About Keeping Up With The Joneses (or Kardashians)
Here’s something else that a lot of people in California know exist but don’t pay much attention to: the Kardashians. Because they know that there’s no need to keep up with the Kardashians so to speak when the rest of the country is trying to keep up with them and their California lifestyle. Now, that’s not to say that the Kardashians are the least-liked or appreciated family in the Golden State. It’s just that many California natives aren’t phased by Hollywood or television stars when they see them. After all, when you’ve got so many of them, you stop counting them in the sky, right?
5 Hanging Out In Places That Will Make Your East Coast Cousins Jealous
If you were born and raised in California, there’s a strong possibility that you are probably hanging out in places that will make your East Coast cousins very, very jealous. Because let’s face it, California has some of the coolest national parks on this side of the country. Parents love taking their little kids to Yosemite Park, Joshua Tree National Park or, heck, even out to the desert. It’s no wonder the rest of the country gets social-media-envy whenever we see California moms and dads living their best life with their families on their feeds. Plus, some of those West Coast sunsets are absolutely amazing!
4 Giving Back And Learning How To Reuse, Renew, Recycle As a Toddler
California is a state that is very passionate about taking care of its natural resources. That’s why many kids are taught from an early age how to reuse, renew, and recycle. In other words, you can expect California parents to teach children how to be mindful with little things like turning off the lights before leaving a room or learning how to recycle in the comfort of their own home. That’s also the reason why so many moms carry around with them reusable coffee mugs during their morning school drop off run. That, and they totally forgo the use of straws.
3 Learning Not To Compare Yourself To Others And Their Ideology
People from California are individualists. They create their own style and quite frankly, they don’t care what other people think of them. To put it in simple terms, they don’t judge and they don’t worry about being judged. Many California parents teach their kids not to compare themselves to others and to hold tight to their own ideologies. After all, the state is also the birthplace of some of the greatest ideas and innovations that the world has ever seen. You don’t have to look any farther than Silicon Valley or the tech industry near San Francisco to know what we mean.
2 Never Forgetting About The Past
California people know that as a population, they’ve made plenty of mistakes in the past. That’s why they’ve taken upon themselves to create a better future for not only their kids but for future generations, too. That’s why they are so focused on taking better care of the environment, the ocean, and all of the natural resources they have. And just to think, most of them are in their backyard. While they might not always agree with the rest of the nation, they do look forward to the future while also trying to learn as much as possible along the way.
1 The Hip California Lifestyle That Nowhere Else Compares To
It doesn’t matter what age you are: Everyone wants to look like a California mom, right? Yes, there are plenty of advantages to raising your kids in the Golden State. But one of the best advantages is knowing that your kids will always look good thanks to their hip California style. After all, there’s a reason why so many retailers from both coasts like to sell shirts that say ‘California Lovin’ on them, right? Everyone wants to pretend like they are from California, or at least look like they are. That’s because the lifestyle truly is laidback and one of a kind.
Sources: pinterest.com, babble, Tricycle.com, The Today Show, Mom.me