Book Review : How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm
Are you fascinated by parenting practices in different cultures and countries? If you are, like me, this is the perfect book for you. This creatively titled book by Mei-Ling Hopgood is a fascinating look at how different cultures around the world approach parenting.
Book Review: How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood
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I love finding a book so brimming with ideas that it is soon filled with underlines, highlights, and dog-eared pages. This is such a book. This is not however your typical parenting book. Most parenting books explain to you, often in excruciating detail, how to parent. They describe and substantiate what they consider to be the very best parenting method. You read it and then off you go in (often fatal) attempts to replicate their method. Although I literally might not have survived the first six months of parenting twins without Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins the truth of the matter is that there is no one magical way to parent. Not everything works for everyone and furthermore there are countless right ways to parent. Mei-Ling Hopgood has compiled and explored an impressive amount of different parenting ideas in this delightful book. Each chapter covers a different topic (sleep, eating, potty training, play) from the perspective of one culture has a unique take on the topic or some sort of expertise. Hopgood intertwines personal reflections and anecdotes with research and interviews. It is informative, interesting, and diverse. Did you know that it is typical in Chinese homes for infants to forgo diapers at 6 months? Or that Aka Pygmy men take care of their babies 47 percent of the time? It is a great book for new parents. Not because it will explain to you how to be an awesome parent, but because it opens your mind to the idea that your values as a parent matter, are often a work in progress, and are okay whatever they might be.
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