Parenting isn鈥檛 the same everywhere. Sure, you鈥檝e heard of 鈥減arenting styles鈥: There are helicopters, tigers, hippos, and so many more. But that doesn鈥檛 even take into account how other mamas do their thing across the world. No one鈥檚 saying you need suddenly start parenting like you鈥檙e from France 鈥 or anywhere else for that matter 鈥 but learning about how other moms deal with newborns, toddler tantrums, and all the other parts of parenting can only help to globalize your views and make you more understanding when it comes to what other people do.

A woman smiles at her toddler as she holds him

1. France: Ah, the French maman. She鈥檚 gotten much press in the parenting arena. Books such as Bringing Up B茅b茅 by Pamela Druckerman have made waves across the ocean and sold some American moms on Parisian parenting. The French style focuses on overall life balance and giving kiddos their independence 鈥 and then (of course) there鈥檚 the food. You aren鈥檛 likely to catch French tots chowing down on mac and cheese that was prepared separately from Mom and Dad鈥檚 dinner. Nope. If Mama and Papa are eating Gruyere-smothered fillets, so are the kids.

2. Bali: You may not be able to wait until that magical day when your baby walks, but Balinese moms can. A major part of parenting a newborn is not letting your little one鈥檚 feet touch the ground. Okay, so baby can鈥檛 really walk yet. But many parents in Bali follow an ancient custom that says a baby鈥檚 feet can鈥檛 touch the floor for the first 105 days. Believing in reincarnation, the people of Bali feel that babies are their deceased ancestors, reborn. With that in mind, babies are considered holy visitors from another world. Keeping them off the floor is a show of respect for the reincarnated being鈥檚 purity.

3. Central Africa: The Aka people of central Africa do something us Americans seem to strive for 鈥 they make men and women equal when it comes to the family. Instead of handing out 鈥渄addy鈥 and 鈥渕ommy鈥 tasks, parents take turns hunting, watching the kids, and doing everything else that goes into raising a family.

A brightly dressed woman smiles as she carries her baby on her back

4. Kenya: Forget about fancy jogging strollers. Those are totally unnecessary in Kenya. Mothers in Kenya swaddle up their babies in cloth and carry them in鈥 well, carriers. Along with carrying babies around, the Kisii people of Kenya don鈥檛 believe in looking new babies in the eyes. They believe that eye contact is an act of giving the other person power. Obviously, babies aren鈥檛 exactly powerful beings. At least not in the 鈥減erson in charge鈥 sense of the word.

5. Denmark: Danish parents let their kids play freely. Ahh! If only everyone could let go of the helicoptering and just allow kids to be kids. The Danes also have 鈥hygge,鈥 or getting comfy and cozy. This promotes together-time and bonding for all family members.

6. Japan: Speaking of fostering independence, the Japanese model does just this. Instead of dropping their kids off at the school door, it鈥檚 common for Japanese parents to let their children go completely unaccompanied. This breeds a sense of self-reliance that we don鈥檛 often see in the US these days. Even though parenting is just as competitive in Japan as it is in other parts of the world, these mamas don鈥檛 boast, brag, or otherwise talk up their kids to anyone other than their closest friends and family.

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