There is no doubt that Boca Raton is a widely admired city the world over. From the iconic pink walls of the Boca Resort to the luxury shopping at Town Center to the gourmet restaurant and shopping experience at Mizner Park and the world class tennis and golf facilities, Boca Raton, boasts an exceptional lifestyle to be sure.
Yet, even though there is alot to feel good about in terms of living here, there are also a lot of unique challenges and stresses facing those who live within this city of 100,000 ( and growing ).
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For instance, there is a perception held by many, whether valid or not, that those who live in Boca Raton feel that they have some sort of special privilege or superiority. On the other side of that coin, as a Boca resident you may feel you are being judged too harshly by others.
There is also the challenge of ‘keeping up with the Jones’s for parents and children alike as there’s a perception that residents of Boca have more money than others and one has to ‘try to keep up’ materialistically with one’s friends and neighbors by having the latest fashion handbag, the coolest new gadget, the most expensive new car, etc. There’s a lot of peer pressure in ‘growing up Boca’ too. Both children who are growing up in Boca Raton now and their parents often have to deal with the added stress of having to keep up materially with their friends, not only keeping up from a material point of view but also in terms of style end clothing. Your children may continuously think to themselves “Do I have the latest and greatest…phone, threads, car?”.
There are well over 30 gated communities in Boca Raton. From Boca Grove to Woodfield III, the gates of these communities, while providing a sense of safety and community for residents inside, also send certain messages to the outside in terms of their exclusivity.
There are certain pressures involved with maintaining one’s status in Boca whether real or perceived. There is pressure to have a better than average job that’s typically white collar and to continue to advance one’s career. There is the challenge for kids to get exceptional grades and to compete to stay in the fine area private schools and to excel at extracurricular activities like golf, tennis, dancing etc.
No, it’s not easy growing up in Boca Raton. That’s why our therapists and psychologists are ready to help children as well as teenagers cope with the pressures of growing up in the Boca Raton area. We offer family therapy as well.
The therapists and counselors at Banyan Group’s Boca Raton therapy office can help local residents deal with the pressures of living in this special community. If you or your children are having challenges dealing with the unique pressures that ‘living in Boca’ brings, or if you grew up in the area and feel you would benefit from one on one counseling or therapy, contact us for a complimentary consultation.