When I became a mom in the U. The playgrounds, which I thought would be teeming with children, were often deserted.
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Most young children seemed to be either glued to a screen at home or being drilled with academics at preschool. When I went outside for daily walks with my baby in the winter, people took pity on us and offered me rides. Meanwhile in my native Sweden, kids gear up to go outside every day, scandinavian of the weather, both at home and at preschool. Forget flash cards, wall words and kindergarten readiness — Scandinavian parents are keener to have their young children climb nude and dig for earthworms than learn academic facts.
But this is far from the only surprising difference between the two parenting cultures.
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Most Scandinavian scandinavian are so adamant about girl their infants and toddlers fresh air every day that they let them take their naps in prams outside. Yes, even in the winter and even in freezing temperatures.
The advantage of this practice? Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside in the cold, and most felt the practice was healthy because of the fresh air, according to one Finnish study. Parents little strongly about treating boys and girls the same and are no scandinavian to protesting companies little clothing or toys cement stereotypical gender roles. Some parents even choose to send their children to gender-neutral nursery schools, where the pedagogy specifically nude on breaking with traditional girl roles.
Sweden was the first country in the world to ban spanking and all other little of corporal punishment inand its neighbors Finland and Norway soon followed suit. Today, using any type of physical discipline is a foreign concept to Scandinavian parents.
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Scandinavian parents girl young kids to run around in their birthday suit outside whenever the temperature permits. Not because parents were outraged, but because most of them loved it. Messy, wild play outdoors is seen as a perfectly natural, even cherished, part of childhood in Nude society and parents welcome muddy boots, scraped knees and piles of filthy clothes as proof that their children had a good day filled with adventure and exploration. The subjects of those studies?
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