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Parenting norms around the world

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Parenting norms around the world

Danish parents leave babies in strollers outside cafes and shops to get fresh air while they eat or shop. Spanish kids stay up until 10PM. Four-year-olds in Japan ride the subway alone. This NPR post gives an intriguing peek into parenting norms in other cultures: 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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  1. All of these sound a little crazy to me except for the Vietnamese moms teaching their children how to pee on command. This actually sounds brilliant to me. Just think of how much easier and stress free the entire potty training process would be. I would love to be able to go on a road trip not worried if my child was going to have an accident in the car or not or be able to run errands without having to take potty breaks every 30 minutes scared your toddler may have an accident if you don’t!

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    1. The potty training young sounds interesting. I wonder what techniques they use to each a child that young!

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  2. I worked with a woman from Denmark and I remember her telling me stories about letting her baby sleep in the stroller outside for naps. She said it was totally normal. I think it’s pretty interesting learning how different cultures parent. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I do, too. Fascinating, really.

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  3. This is fascinating to me. We do what works for us and love our kids. I think that as long as our children are safe and happy, these quirky (to us) parenting methods are A-OK.

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