Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 132 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to an author about raising happy kids.
Where can you find the world’s happiest kids? The Netherlands, it turns out! My guest Rina Mae Acosta is a co-author, along with Michele Hutchison, of a fascinating new book called The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less. Their book explores why in 2013, a UNICEF report rated Dutch children the happiest in the world. While neither Rina Mae or Michele grew up in The Netherlands, both are raising their kids there and observing some significant differences in how parenting is approached compared to their home countries, the U.S. and the U.K.
Here are some resources related to my discussion with Rina Mae.
Rina Mae’s Parenting Advice
“Interestingly enough the best parenting advice I believe I received is one that a lot parents actually complain about. It’s one where older people would look dreamy eyed at my young children, cause I live in Doorn and it has the oldest population per capita in the Netherlands. In that dreamy look, they would say ‘It really goes by so fast.’ It’s my favorite advice and I appreciate being surrounded by so many of these people that’s telling me that this is going to go by so fast, it’s because it’s a reminder that it really does go by fast. And to just be able to be in the moment with them. It’s not perfect, we all have things to do—laundry, cooking, we can make a list of things we need to do. But to actually really enjoy this time, early motherhood, it goes by way too fast. I’m afraid that modern parenting with all our schedules and things that we need to achieve, we actually forget that. I love looking at it this way: I would rather take the scenic route with my babies, toddlers, preschooler and child than the freeway.”
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