7 ways people raise their kids around the world that US parents could learn from
- Parenting looks different in every culture around the world.
- There is no perfect, fool-proof way to raise children, but there are certain parenting strategies that other cultures implement that the US can adopt, like teaching children about optimism.
- Here are 7 things people do to raise their kids in other countries that the US could learn from.
There really is no perfect, fool-proof way to raise children, according to Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of "How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting." Advertisement
Parents do the best they can, which is different for everyone based on culture, values, and beliefs, but there's no "best" way to do X, Y, or Z in parenting, Hopgood told Business Insider.
What matters most is choosing parenting strategies and advice that work for you and your family. You can certainly adopt different ideas from different cultures, said Hopgood, who is a mother herself. She spent lots of time researching parenting strategies across the world for her book. "I took what I wanted and left what didn't seem to fit me," she said.Here are a few unique strategies used to raise children across the world that you might want to adopt as part of your parenting routine.
1. In Denmark, parents reframe negative situations into positive ones
2. In the Polynesian islands, older children take care of younger childrenAdvertisement
3. In Argentina, bedtime isn’t strict
4. In France, parents teach children that food is something to be enjoyedAdvertisement
5. In Japan, many parents trust their children to take public transportation alone
6. In Vietnam, children are often potty trained by 9 months oldAdvertisement
7. In China, grandparents play a crucial role in parenting
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