How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm

And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and Everywhere in Between)

Book - 2012
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A tour of global practices that will inspire American parents to expand their horizons (and geographical borders) and learn that there's more than one way to diaper a baby.

Mei-Ling Hopgood, a first-time mom from suburban Michigan--now living in Buenos Aires--was shocked that Argentine parents allow their children to stay up until all hours of the night. Could there really be social and developmental advantages to this custom? Driven by a journalist's curiosity and a new mother's desperation for answers, Hopgood embarked on a journey to learn how other cultures approach the challenges all parents face: bedtimes, potty training, feeding, teaching, and more.

Observing parents around the globe and interviewing anthropologists, educators, and child-care experts, she discovered a world of new ideas. The Chinese excel at potty training, teaching their wee ones as young as six months old. Kenyans wear their babies in colorful cloth slings--not only is it part of their cultural heritage, but strollers seem outright silly on Nairobi's chaotic sidewalks. And the French are experts at turning their babies into healthy, adventurous eaters. Hopgood tested her discoveries on her spirited toddler, Sofia, with some enlightening results.

This intimate and surprising look at the ways other cultures raise children offers parents the option of experimenting with tried and true methods from around the world and shows that there are many ways to be a good parent.


Publisher: Chapel Hill : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2012.
ISBN: 9781565129580
Branch Call Number: 649.1 HOP
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 21 cm

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Nov 09, 2012

It was fun reading about the various different parenting approaches from other cultures. I would say that this book has a light and fluffy approach to each of the topics introduced, and because it is based off of personal experience and has a limited number of stories, it lacks gravity. Plus, there are small errors, like the fact that Inuit don't put their kids in the hood of their Amauti (the hood is designed to cover two heads)... a fun, interesting, light read that may offer differing parenting perspectives to those looking for them.

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