Generally speaking, Americans are interested in a myriad of parenting styles (from co-sleeping to attachment parenting and everything in between). But if you're looking to further expand your horizons in the world of parenting, look to the cultures around you. In Norway, for example, kids often nap outside, snuggled up in the sub-zero temperatures, while Kisii parents in Kenya avoid making eye contact with their babies to circumvent attention-seeking behavior, reports NPR. While some of these methods may seem a bit unorthodox, we believe we can all learn from each other when it comes to raising children. Below, read up on three enlightening parenting lessons from around the globe, as originally reported by the media company.
"Moms and dads teach their babies to pee at the sound of a whistle … Parents start by noticing when their baby starts peeing and making a little whistle sound. Soon enough, the baby starts to associate the whistle with peeing and voilà! Researchers say Vietnamese babies are usually out of diapers by 9 months."
"Children are frequently left outside to get frisk luft, or fresh air—something parents think is essential for health and hearty development—while caregivers dine and shop," writes Mei-Ling Hopgood in How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm.
"Parents in Japan allow their kids a lot of independence after a certain age. It isn't uncommon for 7-year-olds and even 4-year-olds to ride the subway by themselves."
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