Differences between American Parenting and the rest of the world


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Kids today are often considered too coddled when compared to how older generations were raised.

Everything from “participation medals” to “no score soccer games” to “teachers not allowed to mark papers incorrect” because it might hurt someone’s feelings are all a bunch of hooey for parents who had to endure the trials and tribulations of growing up themselves.

Whether it’s government interference or parents’ desire to truly protect their children to the extent of possibly going too far doing so, today’s parents have many things to worry about when it comes to raising their children.

Gin & Juice: The Victorian Guide to Parenting
Gin & Juice: The Victorian Guide to Parenting

Not the least of which is being judged by other parents.

And worse, being judged on your parenting style by parents who have vastly different experiences from their time in other countries.

That’s the point being made in this list of 24 WAYS PARENTING IS DIFFERENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES FROM HOW PARENTING IS DONE IN AMERICA.

Frankly, Americans are a bunch of Froot Loop Dinguses compared to parents from elsewhere. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting things that foreign parents do that American parents would never dream of in a million years:

  • In Japan, children as young as 6 years old (first grade) will walk to school – or take the train, or bus – all by themselves, without adult supervision
  • In Denmark, babies are left napping unattended in their baby stroller outside the house.
  • In India, parents are more likely to just tell their children “NO”, rather than provide reasons and explanations for the denial.
  • Moms in France do NOT wear yoga pants
  • In Brazil, kids go to sleep when the parents do. No more 7pm or 8pm bedtimes for them

Click through to the article to read more examples of non-American parenting, along with more specific lists about interesting parenting aspects in other countries like Congo, India, England, and more.