Parenting is not a trivial task. In fact, if you’re a parent and reading this, you’re probably shaking your head right now and thinking, “that’s an understatement.” Vine Vera knows that for as rewarding it is, and for as much as it’s totally worth it, parenting does come with a unique set of challenges that can really try your patience sometimes.
As usual, Vine Vera’s here to help, but this time, to help make your life as a parent easier, we decided to turn to parents of all different nationalities around the world to get you a diverse list of tips you can call on when you’re about ready to pull your hair out in frustration.
Vietnamese Kids Are out of Diapers by Nine Months
Yes, you read that right; Vietnamese parents somehow manage to potty train their kids far faster than you might have thought possible. How do they do it? Believe it or not, they train them by whistling to get them to go to the bathroom. Specifically, they pay attention to when their baby is peeing, and whistle when they are. After doing this enough times, they can whistle to get them to pee on command, which obviously has incredible potential for potty training, and studies have shown that Vietnamese babies are generally potty trained by nine months old.
Bedtimes for Spanish Kids Are Extremely Late
Believe it or not, most parents in Spain (as well as Argentina) give their kids a bedtime around 10 PM to allow them to participate in family activities in the evenings. They do this because they feel it’s better for the child’s interpersonal and social development, reasoning that letting be awake and interacting with family well into the night will help in that capacity. Seems weird to western parents, maybe, but their kids don’t seem to be any worse off for it!
Aka Pygmy Parents in Central Africa Share Roles
The Aka people have a very egalitarian norm for parenting roles. In essence, they share them completely. While the men are out hunting, the women take care of the children, but the same applies in reverse, too. Men and women take turns hunting and caring for children, in fact, so when one’s gone, the other stays to look after the little ones. Interestingly enough, the men even breastfeed the kids. Yes, you read that right, and yes, that is possible. Little known fun fact: men have mammary glands too and are actually 100% capable of producing breast milk for infants, though the volume they produce will generally be lower since they don’t have as big of glands.
French Kids Eat What Their Parents Eat
France holds mealtimes in high esteem, and they have certain rules for meals that are almost always upheld. Meals happen at set times, snacks between them are all but unheard of, and—most interestingly—there’s a firm belief that if you keep trying something enough times, eventually you’ll acquire a taste for it. As such, small children in France who try something and don’t like it are given it several more times to see if they eventually enjoy it. The jury’s out on how often this actually works, but it’s certainly an interesting idea.