A primer on the world's best parenting strategieswith eye-opening research on the surprising disadvantages lurking in the typical American childhood. Research reveals American kids today lag well behind the rest of the world in terms of academic achievement, happiness, and wellness. Meanwhile the battle over whether parents are to blame for fostering a generation of helpless kids rages on. Christine Gross-Loh (who raised her young children in Japan for five years) exposes the hidden, culturally-determined norms we have about good parenting,” and asks, are there parenting strategies that other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us from Finland, and Sweden to Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy, and more, and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence and academic excellence in their children. Revealing the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting, Gross-Loh also offers objective, research-based insight into what strategies are best for children and why. Among her eye-opening findings: Co-sleeping, typical in most of the world’s families, may promote independence in kids. American-style hoverparenting” is unique in the world and can damage a child’s resilience. Finnish children, who rank among the world’s highest academic achievers, enjoy multiple recesses a day. Our obsession with self-esteema concept that doesn’t exist in many countriesmay limit a child’s potential At last bringing empirical research to the debate, Parenting Without Borders offers new and provocative thinking on the secrets to raising a confident and capable generation.
Politics-Social-Sciences, Sociology, Marriage-Family,