Who Gets It Right? Parenting Differences Between the United States and the Rest of the World
Parenting is tough. It’s a mostly thankless job, at least in the beginning years. It’s often made even tougher by outsiders critiquing the job you’re doing. Back in the day, you only had to worry about receiving “tips” and unsolicited advice from your own family. Today, thanks to the internet and a more connected global community, parents have to contend with well-meaning strangers who are convinced that they know what’s best. Parenting styles and philosophies don’t just vary from family to family, though. There are vast differences between American parents and those of almost every other nation. (Remember Tiger mothers?)
Can you imagine an entire continent being disapproving of how you parent? Well, you don’t really have to. Much of Europe does seem to think that American parents don’t really know what they’re doing. Yay! Practices that are run of the mill in some countries are downright criminal in others. From leaving small children unattended in public to refusing to make eye contact with babies, there are definitely some bizarre differences between cultures. Read on for the top ways that parenting differs in the United States versus other countries.