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How are American parenting practices unique?
posted by Fairchild to society & culture (30 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
How are the parenting practices of Americans unique regarding the success of their children?
I know every family is unique but I'm looking for generalizations.
Do Europeans "groom" their kids like some American parents do? Is there an overemphasis on their children's resumes like there is in the USA? Are kids in other parts of the developed world taking test-prep courses and music lessons and being labeled as gifted at the same rate?
As an American parent I notice that many parents are hyperfocused on their kids' future and present abilities. We seem to worry a lot about how talented our kids are. Many are preoccupied with giving their children a "cutting edge".
Do other cultures invest this much time and energy in their kids academic and athletic success? What are the differences and attitudes?
I'm curious about these differences because I'm always seeking balance when it comes to parenting. I feel like I am a relaxed parent but admit to occasionally feeling competition and believing I should have "above-average" children.