SOME global parenting styles might make American parents cringe, but others could definitely use a close study. Read on for a sampling of parenting lessons from around the world.
1. In Norway, kids nap outside even in sub-zero temperatures.
In Norway, childhood is very institutionalized. When a kid turns 1 year old, he or she starts going to Barnehage (Norwegian for “children’s garden”), which is basically state-subsidized daycare. Parents pay a few hundred dollars a month and their kids are taken care of from 8 am to 5 pm. Toddlers spend a ton of time outside at Barnehage, even in extremely cold temperatures. It’s not uncommon to see kids bundled up outside during a Scandinavian winter, taking a nap in their strollers.