Language Challenge 180: Week 18 Giveaway

by Corey · 39 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its next Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize! This giveaway will only be open for 6 days, so enter today!

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…

Only those who are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have checked in this week are eligible to enter this giveaway!

  • To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us something interesting, funny, annoying, silly, fascinating, strange or wonderful about parenting styles in your native culture(s), the culture where you are living now or a culture you have read/heard about!


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Important Details

The winner will be chosen at random using’s sequence generator.

This giveaway will close at 10:00 pm PST on Friday, July 13, 2012.

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Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!


1 Heather July 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I’m so glad you are offering another one of these books. It looks great and I didn’t win the first one. 🙁

I encountered an interesting cultural parenting difference recently, when I kissed my little girl in front of another mother, and she was appaled, saying that where she comes from (I’m not exactly sure, but somewhere in Central America) they do not kiss children on the lips and that is just for husbands and wives. I though that was interesting, as it is perfectly natural to me and a gesture of affection, not at al improper.

2 Heather July 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

3 Heather July 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I’m on the MLL email list.

4 Natalie July 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Love that you’re giving away this book again! I would soo love to have it! 🙂
I’ve noticed the same as Heather since I’m originally from Germany and it’s not common there for children & parents to kiss on the lips. I’ve gotten used to it and my kids always do it, but I was quite taken aback when my MIL did it when my dd was a baby… 😉

5 Czeslaw Liebert July 9, 2012 at 2:23 am

When I look back at my own childhood I recall that I was allowed to do more things on my own than children are nowadays. At the age of 5 & 6, I used to go to the kindergarten by tram, 4 stations, all by myself. I do not imagine my daughter doing the same, I would probably die out of worry. When I talk to my friends about that they agree that things have changed a great deal since they were children themselves. The fall of the Communist regime in Poland back in 1989 changed everything, yet this one thing changed for worse.

6 Adina Bogdan July 9, 2012 at 2:35 am

We do tend to be more controlling (and conservative, too), here in Romania, than in the US, for example. The kids are not so much encouraged to think creatively and speak their mind … as I have seen in other countries.

7 Adina Bogdan July 9, 2012 at 2:35 am

I like Multi … on FB.

8 Adina Bogdan July 9, 2012 at 2:36 am

I am also an email subscriber.

9 Jenny July 9, 2012 at 5:17 am

I am American, but I lived in West Africa for a time. One thing I appreciated about their culture was that children were given responsibility from a young age. I feel like sometimes children in the United States are not given enough responsibility when they are young, and it takes them forever to grow up as a result. I’d like to find some sort of middle ground with my children, not given so much responsibility that there is no time to play, but given enough responsibility so that they learn that their contributions are important to the well-being of our family and their community.

10 Jenny July 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

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11 Jenny July 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

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12 Jenny July 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

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13 Terra F July 9, 2012 at 5:49 am

When visiting family in Mexico it amazes me that young children sit quietly or entertain themselves during long meals out at restaurants. My son is well-behaved, but at home in the US is always included in the social dynamic of a family meal, so sitting quietly while the adults socialize is a challenge.

14 Terra F July 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

I like ML on Facebook 🙂

15 Terra F July 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

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16 Terra F July 9, 2012 at 5:51 am

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17 Heather H July 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

We take our 6 month old to the potty and have since he was 3 weeks old. I read that this is very common in the rest of the world, but not so much here in the US. At first I was shy about telling people, but I found I love it so much, I want to share it with everyone now. Shortly after we started this, my LO refused to defecate in his diaper. Cloth diapering is so much easier this way. Thank goodness for the internet for support for all the different parenting techniques that aren’t common in our own cultures!

18 Heather H July 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

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19 Heather H July 9, 2012 at 6:43 am

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20 Heather H July 9, 2012 at 6:43 am

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21 Heather H July 9, 2012 at 6:45 am

Now following your pinterest page!

22 Marta GM July 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hi! I’m from Barcelona, Spain, and most of my English-speaking friends let their children play more “wildly”. As a Mediterranean woman, I’m always focusing on safety (and worrying!) whereas my friends are more laid-back regarding children playing in a playground or climbing, for example.

23 Marta GM July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

I already liked your facebook page and have shared this post on my A Bilingual Baby facebook page. Thanks!

24 Marta GM July 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

I was already an email subscriber of your blog. Thanks!

25 Marnie July 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I love all the old wives tales I’ve heard from my Mexican MIL and the family. You can’t walk around bare foot or you will get sick, put on a sweater if have hiccups (you are probably cold), and the homemade remedios for every possible ailment including when my infant caught “el ojo” or the evil eye and she wouldn’t calm down until her uncle rubbed her tummy with a raw egg!

26 Marnie July 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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27 Marnie July 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I get your e-mails.

28 Wendy July 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

This parenting book would be great for our upcoming vacation at the beach (especially, since it’s a chilly northern California beach where the water is too cold to go in very far without a wet suit).

Helicopter parenting in the U.S. is a very annoying trend. Now that I’m a parent, I try not to hover over my children, but I can see where this temptation comes from. I agree with the other posters who commented that in most cases children here take longer to grow up and become independent than they once did.

29 Murray July 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

Being raised on the farm we were given responsibilities, looking after the animals, garden and yardwork. Children are like little sponges. If you show them what to do, they will do their best to please you. You will be surprised at what they can do.

30 Murray July 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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31 Murray July 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

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32 Murray July 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

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33 Carolsue July 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I live in California, but the area I live in has a larger percentage of immigrants than any other area in the state. My kids just take things for granted and don’t question why some people dress differently or speak with an accent (or don’t speak English at all). Their friends are multicultural and they are always asking their friends to teach them things in their native language so they can talk about something without me being able to understand!
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34 Carolsue July 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

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38 Carolsue July 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

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39 Denisa July 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

It is very interesting to compare how different the culture here in US is compare to mine. Kids here are being catered to too much. We used to go to school by ourselves, go to the local grocery store by age 6. Growing up using all silverware is standard, here even some of the grownups don’t know how to use a knife and fork at the same time. 🙁

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