Somehow, I stumbled across a Cup of Jo series on motherhood around the world. Fascinating (except for Australia, naturally). It’s title is # of surprisingly things about motherhood in…
Here’s what I’d like…
– 3 hours every day with a kraamzorg for the first eight days after birth in The Netherlands. How helpful would that be?
– On a lack of tantrums: I have never ever witnessed a public meltdown. If a baby were to get fussy in public, a bunch of strangers would immediately swoop down to pick him up, bounce him and play with him before it reaches a fever pitch – Who wouldn’t want to live in Turkey?
– it seems Islamic cultures often are in desert cultures which are HOT, so you see the similarities int he night time life, and kids not sleeping early in the evening, such as in Abu Dhabi
– how cool does this playground look, even as an adult. Again, great Netherlands
– I was surprised that Norway was criqued for their ‘sameness’. They often seem ‘the’ way in life, in fairness, in social equality. But $3o0 for a month of care for a 1 year old from 8am to 5pm? That is awesome!
– sushi is (not surprisingly) not off limits in Japan! Well, naturally, right?
– finding out the baby’s gender in India is against the law. I’m sure the reasons aren’t just cause they are ‘surprise loving’ but still…
– it blows me away to get maternity leave asking for you to leave your job four (Norway) to six (Germany) weeks before birth. Mum had my youngest brother on her last day before school holidays started! I’m convinced I’d rather have the time with bub, but we’ll see!
– Germans are hilarious – they aren’t all about ‘sharing’ but standing up for your rights. So when a toddler snatches a toy, they kids are encouraged to make a stand and take it back! Ha!
– the minimalist in me loves The Netherlands and their kindermarkets – where kids, on Kings Day in April, sell their toys, or somehow otherwise ‘sell’ fun like lemonade. How great is that, a system for secondhand kids toys!
Before anyone says I’m clucky, it’s true. But at 21, I wrote about the experiences of L’Ecole Maternelle in France. It just fascinates me how different countries manage children, childhood and the world around them.
There’s also reports on Congo, Northern Ireland and Mexico. Eat your heart out!