Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us

An eye-opening guide to the world’s best parenting strategies

Research reveals that American kids lag behind in academic achievement, happiness, and wellness. Christine Gross-Loh exposes culturally determined norms we have about “good parenting,” and asks, Are there parenting strategies other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us across the globe and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence, and academic excellence in their children. Illuminating the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting practices, Gross-Loh offers objective, research-based insight such as:

  • Co-sleeping may promote independence in kids.
  • “Hoverparenting” can damage a child’s resilience.
  • Finnish children, who rank among the highest academic achievers, enjoy multiple recesses a day.
  • Our obsession with self-esteem may limit a child’s potential.

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Nellie Barker on July 9, 2017 at 8:52 PM.

Eye Opening I am a stay at home mom (formerly a teacher) with a 3 year old boy and I’ve come to a point where his behavior is not only driving me crazy, but starting to think that it’s really not normal and we have a problem at our hands developing into something even more. We are a calm home (that was getting more and more tense) that really revolves around our son. We bring him to museums, playgrounds, etc., have educational toys, and do everything for him that we think we’re supposed to. When he…

Gabrielle on July 9, 2017 at 9:03 PM.

this book is an enjoyable read and offers great insight into what childhood looks like to various groups … Overall, this book is an enjoyable read and offers great insight into what childhood looks like to various groups of people. As the author has lived in Japan for quite a few years, rearing her own children there for a few years, she does bring up Japanese culture quite a bit more than some other cultures; however still makes good points. Also, pay caution to some cultures where she only interviews one person. It does not mean that the account is wrong, however, it is difficult to…