Best of: Parenting Around the World | A Cup of Jo


Cup of Jo has been working for 13 years (!) so we’ve determined that each week, we’ll be highlighting one of the crucial standard posts from the previous. Right here’s considered one of our favorites, initially revealed on August 5, 2019. And we’re so excited to be returning our Motherhood Across the World Collection subsequent summer season!

For the previous six years, we’ve featured a sequence known as Parenting Across the World, the place we speak to moms in all completely different international locations about what surprises them most about elevating youngsters overseas. It’s considered one of our favourite running a blog experiences, and we’ve visited locations like Sweden, Japan, Northern Eire, Abu Dhabi and Congo. We’ve additionally talked to moms from different international locations about what surprises them about parenting in the USA. Listed here are 12 of one of the best quotes from previous interviews…

Parenting Around the World

Motherhood in Kenya

“As a result of we’ve got a nationwide park in Nairobi, we will go on a recreation drive at any time when we wish. Zebras, elephants and rhinos are all typical animals for our youngsters. At 4, Claire can inform the distinction between a gazelle and an impala and may spot a giraffe from miles away. I bear in mind as soon as when visiting our household within the U.S., somebody requested Claire to call an unique animal. She thought for some time, after which stated, ‘A squirrel!’” — Tara, 20 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Kenya

“Our youngsters go to public college in Rome. One cool factor is that everybody will get a college lunch; there’s no choice to convey a brown-bag lunch. They serve all the children a primo (pasta), secondo (meat or fritatta), contorno (vegetable) and dolce (fruit or gelato). That’s the Italian means! I additionally preferred that Sabina’s first-grade class realized all about Turandot, the opera, and have been really a part of a manufacturing, sitting within the viewers however utilizing particular props and singing little items on the acceptable instances.”
— Molly, 15 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Italy

Parenting Around the World

“Just about each city in Iceland has a geothermal out of doors neighborhood pool that’s open yr spherical. After college, we’ll stroll to the pool, irrespective of the climate. Locker rooms have excessive chairs for infants to take a seat in whereas their dad and mom bathe, and each pool has water toys for youths. The good and most Icelandic factor to do is to swim throughout a blizzard. The geothermal warmth makes swimming nice, even when it’s darkish, windy and snowy — you simply must dash from the pool to the recent tub.” — Mary Frances, 15 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Iceland

“When Hugo was two, we had a father or mother/trainer convention along with his daycare. The trainer stated, ‘He must be taught to face up for himself extra. When different children come up and take toys away from him, he simply lets it occur.’ I used to be like, nicely, isn’t that simply sharing? And she or he stated, ‘He must both take the toy again or combat. We lecturers can’t combat all his battles for him!’ I used to be laughing inside, as a result of it was SO completely different from how we have been socialized as youngsters. Within the U.S., we have been taught that it’s a must to share, it’s a must to compromise. In Germany, it’s all about self-sufficiency and standing up in your rights.” — Luisa, 20 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Germany

Parenting Around the World

“After we first acquired to Mexico, I’d stroll behind my household so I might watch passersby flip, have a look at us after which leap and squeal. It occurred over and over. I lastly requested a good friend, who confirmed to me that individuals have been pinching one another! Apparently, when Mexicans see a redhead, the primary one to pinch a good friend will get a want.” — Naomi, 10 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Mexico

“The folks listed here are great. Sooner or later, we have been strolling to a store and it began to frivolously rain. My husband Josh was carrying our child, Aaron, and we didn’t have an umbrella. Whereas we have been ready at a crosswalk, a younger man walked as much as Josh and held his umbrella out over him so Aaron wouldn’t get moist. He walked us all the way in which to our vacation spot, maintaining Aaron dry your entire time. After we acquired there he simply stated goodbye and went on his means — to him, it wasn’t a giant deal, it’s simply one thing you do.” — Diane, 13 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Turkey

Parenting in South Korea

“One thing I’d by no means imagined was the extreme consideration to maintain laboring girls and their companions nicely fed! Instantly after we checked in to the birthing heart, we have been offered with an intensive menu for lunch, despite the fact that I used to be already six centimeters dilated. For lunch, I acquired to eat an enormous cheeseburger between contractions. They even served me an easy-to-digest hen congee dish after I was in critical despair, about an hour earlier than push time.” — Elise, 16 Stunning Issues About Parenting in South Korea

“Image books have very grownup humor and may even be fairly darkish. For instance, Irish creator Oliver Jeffers’s books are hilarious, however more often than not my children can’t work out why. There are additionally a handful of books my husband and I’ve gotten from the library which are a bit too disturbing for the children. No matter by William Bee is the story of a father who reveals his youngster all types of cool issues and his youngster simply says ‘no matter.’ Then on the final web page, whereas the daddy is displaying the son a tiger, the tiger eats the son and the daddy simply shrugs his shoulders and says “no matter.’” — Tiffany, 11 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Northern Eire

Parenting Around the World France

“Watching my ladies develop into French has been shocking; in truth, it has taken my breath away. On uncommon events, I fear that I’m dropping them someway — a sense I didn’t foresee. It feels unusual that my youngsters can have this trove of cultural information that I can not ever know natively. I’m an immigrant and they’re natives, a curious divide. Even right down to their expressions: French children typically pout with their mouths once they’re listening. When my ladies do it, I’m like, ‘Why are you making that face?’ And I look over at my French husband, and he’s making the identical face.” — Emilie, 14 Stunning Issues About Parenting in France

“I’ve discovered it laborious to make buddies right here. Again in Brooklyn, you’ll meet a mother on the playground and inform her every part, even issues together with your husband or children. It made me really feel like, “I’m not alone, everybody goes by way of related issues.” Right here, if I’m open, I get unusual appears to be like. However actually, everybody goes by way of related issues — they simply don’t share it in the identical means. Individuals actually draw a line between private and non-private.” — Yoko, 10 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Japan

Parenting Around the World Wales

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“Youngsters are outdoors on a regular basis, both within the fields or the playgrounds, typically on their very own. The overall parenting vibe is: Get on with it. Like, get on with that climbing body that’s ridiculously excessive and you may simply break your neck on, you’ll work it out! That mentality has additionally helped with our daughter, who has autism. Again in London, on the playgrounds, strangers could possibly be a bit frowny if she was having a meltdown; whereas right here youngsters are typically fairly loud and wild and feral. She attends a mainstream college, and her buddies be careful for her; it warms my coronary heart.” — Bethan, 13 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Wales

“Once I gave start to our daughter, a South African nurse, advised me about being a nanny for a colicky child. ‘By no means slept. All the time cried,’ she stated. ‘Nevertheless it was nice, we simply Gripe Watered it out of that baba.’ I bear in mind pondering, I don’t know what that sentence means. I’d quickly be taught. Gripe Water, bought in Congolese drugstores, guarantees to ‘Consolation Infants with Gripes.’ It’s a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, dill seed oil, sugar… oh wait, and alcohol. 4.4% alcohol! You will have seen Gripe Water in an American drugstore, but it surely’s not the identical in any respect. The U.S. model has no alcohol and thus doesn’t actually do the job. So I convey again a bottle or two for American buddies with new infants and easily say: Use it. Thank me later.” — Sarah, 13 Stunning Issues About Parenting in Congo

Parenting in South Africa

See the full Motherhood Across the World sequence right here, in case you’d like. Thanks!

P.S. Making an attempt out sluggish parenting and six phrases to say to your youngster.

(High picture of Wales by Bethan Griffiths, backside picture of South Africa by Bongi Hill.)


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