The Happiest Kids in the World

The Happiest Kids in the World

How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less

Paperback - 2017
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Discover how Dutch parents raise The Happiest Kids in the World!

Calling all stressed-out parents: Relax! Imagine a place where young children play unsupervised, don't do homework, have few scheduled "activities" . . . and rank #1 worldwide in happiness and education. It's not a fantasy--it's the Netherlands!

Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison--an American and a Brit, both married to Dutchmen and raising their kids in the Netherlands--report back on what makes Dutch kids so happy and well adjusted. Is it that dads take workdays off to help out? Chocolate sprinkles for breakfast? Bicycling everywhere ?

Whatever the secret, entire Dutch families reap the benefits, from babies (who sleep 15 hours a day) to parents (who enjoy a work-life balance most Americans only dream of). As Acosta and Hutchison borrow ever-more wisdom from their Dutch neighbors, this much becomes clear: Sometimes the best thing we can do as parents is . . . less!
Publisher: New York :, The Experiment,, 2017
ISBN: 9781615193905
Branch Call Number: ANF 649.109492 ACO
Characteristics: 245 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hutchison, Michele - Author

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debwalker Apr 21, 2017

Happy unpressured kids. What a concept! And they don't have sleep issues. Intense child rearing is hard on everyone. Did I say they go to sleep early and sleep through the night?

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