It was sheer delight when I got my hands on the book How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting! With all of the discussions that go on over at the Multilingual Living Facebook page about different parenting styles around the world, I couldn’t wait to read a book all about this topic.
The author, Mei-Ling Hopgood, does a delightful job of weaving together both her personal anxieties of being a new mother and her observations of cultural parenting idiosyncrasies: When parents in the US go to such lengths to make sure their children go to bed at the same time each night (even if it means leaving before the party really gets started) parents in Argentina are dancing the night away with their babes in arms. Aren’t regular bedtimes essential? While French children seem to eat everything on their plate, children elsewhere throw tantrums when the word “vegetables” escapes a parent’s lips. There is clearly something to learn here!
Hopgood resists making overarching judgments, despite her own cultural assumptions. Instead she shares research studies and provides us with answers that she receives from experts around the world. Ultimately, she shows us that global parenting styles are different for a variety of very good reasons, all of which make perfect sense in the cultures in which they are found. Parenting isn’t a perfect science; it is a cultural undertaking with global proportions.
We are delighted to have the publisher of this book, Algonquin, as a sponsor of Language Challenge 180. You can find How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting, as well as a number of other fantastic books, at their website.
How to Enter the Giveaway…
- To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us something interesting, funny, annoying, silly, fascinating or wonderful about parenting styles in either your native culture(s) or the culture where you are living now!
The winner will be chosen at random using random.org’s sequence generator.
This giveaway will close at 10:00 pm PST on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
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Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!