Thursday, April 26, 2012
How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Mei-Ling shares her story of parenting her daughter in Argentina and seeing the difference in parenting styles there from the US. She also shares research and things that she learned from people who live in various countries about the different philosophies and styles of parenting. Here in the US, we tend to study parenting as a science and feel that there is a "best" way to raise children. From eating to sleeping to potty training, play, work and school, children are raised in a variety of ways around the world and they generally do fine with however they are raised. Kids are pretty resilient.
It is interesting to learn how babies are cared for in different ways around the world and the different approaches to sleep schedules, school, work and even bullying. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it highly to parents!