Mei Ling Hopgood, How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm, and Other Adventures in Parenting Around the World


How can you be the best possible parent? 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?

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. Learn some of the many ways of parenting, from bizarre to questionable to why-didn't-we-think-of-that, to be a good parent!

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