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This NPR piece, “Global Parenting Habits That Haven’t Caught On In the US,” (by Emily Lodish) ALMOST makes me want to start all over again JUST to see what the outcomes would be. Especially the Vietnamese way of potty training—I wonder how many hours that might have saved me. How interesting to see a whole culture reflected in parent-child relationships. Are the Danes, Polynesians, and Japanese more trustworthy people than us Americans or just more trusting of their fellow citizens and their societies? Does this mean we are neurotically overprotective of our children or do we indeed have a higher ratio of creepy psychos in our mix? In re the Kisii in Kenya, is a child who wants adults’ attention within reason really so bad? And I love that the Aka in Central Africa have created at least that bit of egalitarianism between the sexes, recognizing the importance of raising children in a way that goes beyond lip service.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/12/339825261/global-parenting-habits-that-havent-caught-on-in-the-u-s

 

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3 thoughts on “Global Parenting Habits That Haven’t Caught On In the US

  • August 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    Did you see I did a post on this article too. I like your illustration better, though, Waaa! X

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    • September 1, 2014 at 8:00 am
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      Are you kidding? You made a beautiful illustration highlighting a different aspect of the article plus it was great that you were able to share personal experience too.

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  • August 31, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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    How true. I remember my aunts training my nieces and nephews to pee in the long kangs and poop on command with those exact noises in Malaysia . My aunts also told me stories of how my mom would leave me parked outside, while I was a baby/toddler in the pram, in the UK whilst she shopped in the grocery shop.

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