Discover how Dutch parents raise The Happiest Kids in the World Calling all stressed out parents Relax Imagine a place where young children play unsupervised, dont do homework, have few scheduled activities and rank 1 worldwide in happiness and education Its not a fantasyits the Netherlands Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchisonan American and a Brit, both married to Dutchmen and raising their kids in the Netherlandsreport back on what makes Dutch kids so happy and well adjusted Is it that dads take workdays off to help out Chocolate sprinkles for breakfast Bicycling everywhere Whatever the secret, entire Dutch families reap the benefits, from babies who sleep 15 hours a day to parents who enjoy a work life balance most Americans only dream of As Acosta and Hutchison borrow ever wisdom from their Dutch neighbors, this much becomes clear Sometimes the best thing we can do as parents is less...
|Title||:||The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less|
|Publisher||:||The Experiment April 4, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||982 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less Reviews
As an American, High School English teacher I'm thrilled to read ways in which to encourage my students that success and satisfaction aren't always monetary, or status related. This book was refreshing to me in so many ways- as a teacher, as a Mother and now, as a friend- who will be purchasing a few more copies to share.
As an American who has lived in the Netherlands, this book rings so true to my experiences. I often hear through friends and family in the US the incredible pressure to be the "perfect" parent, in big and subtle ways. At one point, my brother, in a moment of desperation, threw a parenting book out the window as it had completely stressed my sister-in-law into thinking she was "ruining" my nephew for life.
Appreciated the outsiders' perspective of the authors, one American, one British, covering many aspects of parenting from childbirth to teens sexual practices. One major difference, more implied than explicitly stated, between the Dutch and Americans raising of children is the government support given to families in the Netherlands. So, whether there is a transfer of practices possible in the US without similar support is questionable, my most important take aways that are transferable are the giving children freedom to roam the neighborhood, a sort of free range childhood, (there was one report in the major news that an American mom who was cited for letting her children play unattended in a neighborhood park) and the natural conversations about their sexuality throughout childhood so that sex among teens is informed and safe sex. One huge difference that is probably not transferable that I admired, having retired from public school teaching, is the delay of academic emphasis until after the primary grades and the de-emphasis on competition for the highest grades. Rather, the emphasis is on play and social interaction. Can't see Americans giving up on their kids being the smartest, but maybe we would have happier, less stressed kids. Food for thought for raising happy kids.
Fantastic book! Nice mix of personal anecdotes and cultural history backed up with cited research. The co-authors have children of different ages and do a great job of comparing the Dutch culture to their respective home countries (America and England). I'm currently reading "Bringing Up Bébé" and I don't enjoy it as much as I did "The Happiest Kids in the World".
I thoroughly enjoyed this very well written book! Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison paint an amazingly accurate picture of the Dutch society and how children are raised in the Netherlands. I can attest to that, being a Dutchie myself, born and raised in The Netherlands, but living in the US since 2005. Besides that I also raised my two children partly in the Netherlands and partly in the US. I really enjoyed seeing the Dutch society, and child rearing the Dutch way, described as seen through the eyes of an American and a British young mother, and seeing it compared with the ways thing are done in their home countries. Very interesting (including the mild criticism of the Dutch and their quirks, well deserved ))! I bought this book not only for myself but also for my daughter, who is expecting, and is contemplating moving back to the Netherlands within a few years to raise her child there. I guess this book would make that decision a no brainer. Who wouldn't want to be the parent of one of the happiest kids in the world!
Great book for American parents to read about letting kids be kids and not pushing them to a state of anxiety. Also really highlights the differences on our cultures, which really developed over the last 60 years there, in education and parenting. A worthwhile read for any parent, and for educators and policy makers in education and child welfare and health programs.
BEST BOOK I have EVER read about parenting! As an American mom, we are blindly conditioned to do certain things within our parenting. This book made me realize there were things I naturally wanted to do in raising my child and knowing it is OKAY to do so!!!! Made me want to move to Holland!
Fantastic! Easy to read and great insight to the differences in cultures. I would recommend all parents read it today!