It can differ greatly from country to country
Chile- While in Ireland we teach our kids to never accept treats from strangers, in Chile, it is deemed normal and expected. Strangers will gift kids they do not know with goodies and they will be gratefully received.
Croatia- Croatian parents sometimes allow their children to drink small amounts of alcohol even at a young age as they believe it has nutritional values. In Croatia and some other European countries, it is perfectly acceptable and if it is done at home in the parent’s company no one utters a word.
Japan- Japan believes that parenting is about responding to your children and that this will allow kids to grow into independent adults. It is common place for parents to co-sleep with their youngsters and their kids eat a varied diet and are some of the best eaters in the world.
Scandinavian countries- Sweden, Norway and Finland place a bigger emphasis on life skills than normal school lessons. They send their kids to school at age 7 and believe that while school is important that a good life balance is important. As a result of this they spend less daily time in school and get more outdoor time during the school day. Children also have equal rights to their parents and have more say in their lives than other kids from other countries.
Korea- In Korea, parents have a zero-tolerance policy for grazing on unhealthy foods throughout the day. Children must wait to eat at mealtimes and have no snacks throughout the day, therefore Korean kids are good eaters and not picky. They know they must eat at mealtimes as otherwise they may well, go hungry.
Spain- Everything starts later in Spain, people have children later in life around the age of 30 and kids stay home throughout their college and early working lives. Kids are welcome everywhere and parents will bring their children to dinner even at a late hour. Grandparents play a major role in bringing up their grandkids as parents work long hours.
Africa- African children benefit from a whole community playing a part in their up-bringing. Not only do extended family play a role but strangers or community members may interfere in a child’s life if they observe them misbehaving or putting themselves in danger. African people believe that parenting is a hard task and they need as much help as they can to raise their kids.
Written by Emma Hayes, staff writer at Family Friendly HQ