Parenting styles from around the world
In Polynesia, children play with one another in groups, often without parental supervision. Take that, helicopter parents!
Toddlers in pre-school in France are fed four-course lunches, complete with a table set with a tablecloth, napkins, silverware and a cheese course. Something to think about the next time you're packing a lunch box.
Children growing up in the Yucatan are given chores and tasks as early as two or three, helping on a farm or making tortillas with their parents. It's thought that these jobs teach them to be motivated workers from an early age.
Finnish teachers show their students that mistakes are the fastest way to information--not something to be afraid of. What a way to take all the anxiety out of education, no?
Japanese parents try to instill a sense ofnobinobi--of being at ease and carefree--in their children, and have a relaxed attitude about age-appropriate expectations and behavior. Something to remember the next time your kid has a meltdown in a restaurant!
For The Swiss, it's common practice for young children to be taught three or four languages at once, a tradition I'm sure every parent would love to implement!
Buenos Aires natives are known to allow their children to go out with them at night and regularly allow them to stay up late, a habit that was brought over from their Southern Mediterenean ancestors. These late nights are balanced out by mid-day siestas, which are recognized by most of the country.
In Mexico there is a strong emphasis on children's personal grooming. Teachers at school will go as far as sending notes home if your child's grooming isn't up to their standards. Harsh!
They say 'it takes a village to raise a child" and in the Northern region of Ireland this is a very literal statement. It's a social norm for strangers to get involved when a child is acting-out in public, something that is so frowned upon here in The States.
Although The Congo has been rated as one of the worst places to be a mother, (as established by reports of infant and maternal mortality rates, education and income) Congolese mothers co-exist in a tight-knit supportive mother culture where mothers band together to help each other raise one another's babies. Congolese as well as immigrant babies are usually cared for by a handful of Congolese 'mamas.'