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How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and Everywhere in Between)
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A "breezy and entertaining" tour of parenting practices around the world that shows there's more than one way to diaper a baby (The Boston Globe). Mei-Ling Hopgood, a first-time mom from suburban Michigan—now living in Buenos Aires—was shocked that Argentine parents allowed 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, toilet 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 look at the ways other cultures raise children offers parents the option of experimenting with tried and true methods—and reveals that there are a surprising number of ways to be a good parent. "Hopgood is charmingly self-deprecating about her own mothering of the formidable Sofia, who emerges as a sassy character in her own right." —The Boston Globe "A best bet for new parents." —Booklist, starred review

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A "breezy and entertaining" tour of parenting practices around the world that shows there's more than one way to diaper a baby (The Boston Globe).

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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 look at the ways other cultures raise children offers parents the option of experimenting with tried and true methods—and reveals that there are a surprising number of ways to be a good parent.

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        Hopgood (Lucky Girl) is living in Buenos Aires when she notices that the city—including its children—never sleeps. A first-time mom from suburban Michigan, Hopgood sets out to research how cultural expectations and customs determine the way kids are raised. For starters, she discovers that to the Argentineans, socializing with family is more important than strict bedtime schedules. Such cultural constructs may ruffle Americans; the author learns, however, that even sleep guru Richard Ferber can’t see anything intrinsically wrong with later bedtimes. In separate chapters Hopgood examines why French children eat so well (noshing on mussels and Roquefort cheese), “How Kenyans Live Without Strollers,” “How the Chinese Potty Train Early,” “How Polynesians Play without Parents,” and other fascinating topics. Hopgood’s text is a satisfying mix of research, observation, interview, and personal experience; she travels from Argentina to Chicago with her toddler sans stroller, and decides to potty train her daughter at 19 months, using the Chinese method of “split pants.” Along the way, Hopgood and readers alike learn quite a bit about parenthood from different cultures. Her investigation, Hopgood points out, both opens her mind and challenges her beliefs, revealing that there is no single best way to raise children, though being a good parent is a universal goal. Readers will laugh, marvel and muse over the many (frequently opposing) child-rearing methods that persist despite the growing globalization of parenthood.

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        Strap your kid into the stroller and enjoy a tour of parenting practices around the world. Hopgood (Lucky Girl: A Memoir) takes readers on an anthropological cruise, visiting ports of call in Lebanon, China, Polynesia, France, and Argentina, to name a few. She examines parenting practices in the context of culture, child development, and her own experiences as the mother of a young child. Americans are known to rearrange their entire lives around a child's sleep schedule, but Buenos Aires children stay up late into the night. Why does your kid hound you for attention, but Polynesian children play independently? Have a kid who will only eat chicken nuggets? Kids in France value joie du manger, and Taiwanese children, not to be outdone, snack on fish eyes and jellyfish. VERDICT Hopgood's explorations give readers a nonjudgmental flavor of many cultures, and her journalistic approach allows her keen curiosity to shine through. Any parent creating a scandal by skipping nap time will appreciate this worldly perspective. A delightful addition to the literature.

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Journalist Hopgood (Lucky Girl, 2009) uses her reporting skills on this international tour of parenting practices that manages to be informative and deeply engaging. Eschewing the confrontational tiger mother style, Hopgood learns how babies in different parts of the world eat, sleep, play, and more. Through discussions with educators, academics, family, and friends, she discovers that the streets of Nairobi make strollers an impossibility, babies in China are potty-trained with split-open pants, and Argentinian toddlers stay up late as part of the cultural embrace of night life. Hopgood is honest about her attempts to bring some of these lessons home to her own daughter (the story of traveling through airports without a stroller is hysterical), and she isn't afraid to say that some traditions don't seem to transfer well to Western life. Throughout her carefully organized text, she shows enormous respect for everyone she speaks with and everything she learns. Hopgood's point is that there is no superior way to raise children, and thanks to her open-minded approach, readers have an opportunity to take advantage of all the world has to offer. A best bet for new parents.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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