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Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Usby Christine Gross Loh
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A multicultural parenting guide—with eye-opening research on the surprising disadvantages lurking in the typical American childhood.
Recent bestsellers and media headlines have sparked heated debates about whether American parents are fostering a generation of spoiled underachievers. Taking a new approach to this provocative topic, Parenting Without Borders weaves compelling research with an engaging personal story to deliver a truly international viewpoint. Christine Gross-Loh (who raised her young children in Japan for several years) explores parenting around the globe to reveal the hidden norms we have about “good parenting.” This book takes us to Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy and beyond to explore how parents foster resilience, creativity, and learning in their children, from infancy to early adulthood. Revealing the surprising ways in which culture shapes accepted practices, Gross-Loh also offers objective, scholarly insight into the best practices of raising children from around the globe.
Fascinating findings include:
· Co-sleeping, typical in most of the world’s families, may promote independence in kids
· “Hover” parenting is unique to Americans and can damage a child’s resilience
· Finnish children, who rank among the world’s highest academic achievers, enjoy multiple recesses a day
· So-called universal developmental stages like the “terrible twos” do not exist in some cultures
At last bringing empirical research to the debate, Parenting Without Borders offers illuminating anecdotes and timeless wisdom for raising a confident and capable generation.
An eye-opening guide to the worlds 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:
A primer on the world's best parenting strategies—with 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:
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.
About the Author
Christine Gross-Loh earned a Ph.D. in Japanese and Korean history from Harvard University. Her expertise on parenting has been featured widely, including on The Early Show and in Newsweek, and her journalism has appeared in national parenting magazines. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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