Are Minneapolis’ kids more spoiled than St. Paul’s?
If a new survey is to be believed, Twin Cities kids are bratty on one side of the river and ratty on the other. Bundle.com ranked Minneapolis fourth in the nation (behind Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami) in “spoiling” children, while St. Paul ranked second-to-last (“leading” only Madison, Wis.) in spending on kids. The study tracked three years of revenue at the two cities’ stores that sell toys, clothing and other services for tots, kids and teens. To the core cities’ myriad continuing feuds, we now add this?
“Not necessarily,” said developmental psychologist Marti Erickson. “There’s a lot of variability on both sides of the river and a lot in the suburbs. Some of that has to do with wealth, and some has to do with cultural attitudes and how people view success. “It’s possible that there is more materialism and more disposable income [in Minneapolis]. There’s a slicker, hipper kind of vibe, while St. Paul has a more traditional look. I don’t know if that would reflect on the underlying values.”