As a foreigner married to an Australian I have noticed some big and small differences in parenting between me and my husband. To be honest this surprised me as obviously Holland is a western country too so I was expecting things to be quite similar. At times this can cause a bit of friction but usually we are quite good at finding ways that work for our family. There are so many ways to raise children and who decides what is best? If you love discovering how other cultures deal with every day parenting I have just the right book for you: How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm.
In How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm author and mum Mei-Ling Hopgood goes on an interesting and inspiring journey to learn about parenting in different cultures from all around the world. Why do children go to bed so late in certain countries, why do some cultures start so early with toilet training and how come baby wearing is so popular in some parts of the world? Without being judgmental or valuing one opinion over another Mei-Ling explores the way different cultures handle sleeping, eating, toilet training, pregnancy, family and more and why they do things the way they do.
It is very easy to judge other parents on the way they raise their children and sadly we all seem to do it, but once you start digging deeper you’ll find that there is something to say for every parenting tactic and there is actually a lot to learn from others. Not only did Mei-Ling speak to parents from different cultures, she also interviewed many professionals along the way to deliver information that is both practical and trust worthy.
I finished How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm in no-time (great excuse for a rest on the couch!) and really enjoyed it, it was a fun and informative at the same time. This book is well worth the read and I have no doubt you will put it down feeling enriched and with a world of valuable parenting knowledge under your belt.
To find out more about How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood ($29.99, published by Pan Macmillan) and to order your copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.
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