Book Review: Parenting Without Borders by Christine Gross-Loh

Let’s talk about parenting tips from around the world. If you could talk child reading with parents around the globe, what would you ask them?

Would you explore how other cultures feed their children? Would you delve into educational requirements? Would you talk about responsibility?

You can learn about all of that and more with Christine Gross-Loh’s book, titled Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around The World Can Teach Us.

Read on to learn more about this book, meet the author, and discover where you can pick up this book for yourself.

About Author Christine Gross-Loh

On her website, Christine Gross-Loh describes herself as a Korean-American whose interest in cross-cultural parenting began at a young age. She grew up in Pennsylvania.

Gross-Loh holds a Ph.D. in East Asian history from Harvard. In the back of her book she’s described as a parenting expert and on her website she notes that she’s been published in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parenting Magazine and Mothering Magazine. She’s the author of two other books: The Diaper-Free Baby and Paper Suncatchers.

Those are her professional qualifications, but here’s something else about Gross-Loh: She’s also a mother of four children. She has experience raising her children in both the traditional American way and in the ways of those living in Japan. She’s tried both methods, and in her book she shares those that have worked for her.

You can read more about her ideas in this Huffington Post article.

Parenting Without Borders Review

From South Korea to Japan to Sweden to the United States, parents around the world only want what’s best for their children. The manner in which parents around the world go about achieving this lofty ideal is extremely different, however. In her book Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us author Christine Gross-Loh takes a look at some of those different parenting techniques.

Did you know that parents in Japan let their small children run errands alone? Did you know that parents in Sweden pay very limited attention to their children as they play in the park? Students in Asian countries follow a rigorous educational schedule, and they have much higher internalized self-esteem than American children.

Is there anything to be learned from the ways parents in European and Asian countries raise their children? Gross-Loh argues that there is, and she provides compelling evidence to support her argument.

Her book is a relatively easy read, with personal anecdotes interwoven with professional studies and first-person interviews. But just because it’s an easy read doesn’t mean the information should be taken lightly. In many instances, Gross-Loh’s information and examples are spot on and incredibly helpful to new and experienced parents alike.

Can Parenting Without Borders help you? If you’re interested in checking it out, hit the button below to find it on Amazon.

How Can You Apply This Book?

If you could teach your children healthier eating habits, would you do it? How about greater responsibility and independence? If you were shown examples of children who did their own laundry, made their own lunches, and did chores without throwing a fit, would you believe it?

Gross-Loh shares examples and ideas for all of these types of situations in Parenting Without Borders. In sharing her experiences raising children in Japan and Sweden, for example, she forces the American reader to take a serious look at how our culture influences the way we raise our children.

Then, if you think it appropriate, she describes ways in which you can implement ideas used by parents from other cultures – ideas that just could help your child to become more caring, more considerate, and more responsible in an array of different ways.

Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us Book Cover Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us
Christine Gross-Loh
Non-fiction, Parenting
Avery
Reprint Edition; July 1, 2014
320

Research reveals that American kids lag behind in academic achievement, happiness, and wellness. Christine Gross-Loh exposes culturally determined norms we have about “good parenting,” and asks, Are there parenting strategies other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us across the globe and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence, and academic excellence in their children. Illuminating the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting practices, Gross-Loh offers objective, research-based insight such as:

  • Co-sleeping may promote independence in kids.
  • “Hoverparenting” can damage a child’s resilience.
  • Finnish children, who rank among the highest academic achievers, enjoy multiple recesses a day.
  • Our obsession with self-esteem may limit a child’s potential.

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