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(NPR)   So what does parenting look like in countries that aren't America, where children aren't treated like preciously fragile snowflakes who need ribbons for every half-hearted attempt and must be protected from every imagined boo-boo and meanness?   (npr.org) divider line 151
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2014-08-12 05:50:51 PM
Parents start by noticing when their baby starts peeing and making a little whistle sound. Soon enough, the baby starts to associate the whistle with peeing and voila!

Remind me never to whistle at a Vietnamese chick.
 
2014-08-12 05:53:49 PM
Parenting 101 in the gopher321 household when I was a wee lad:

1) Fear the wooden spoon

2) Get your elbows off the table

3) Once your 18, you're out the door
 
2014-08-12 06:56:04 PM
9. French kids eat everything
Set mealtimes; no snacking whatsoever; the expectation that if you try something enough times, you'll like it. These are among the "food rules" in France that are taken as given. The result is French kids who eat what adults eat, from foie gras to stinky cheese. Tell that to my nephew
.

I'm not French, but this was always the practice in our household, too, beginning when our kid was maybe 2 or 3 years old.  And she quickly learned to like it, and as a teenager now, she's still pretty adventurous when it comes to food is is really mostly interested in eating good stuff rather than fast-food crap  The downside is that it cost us more money to eat in restaurants because in a lot of places it would be tough to order off the "children's menu" if it only catered to the typical American 8-year-old's palette (she didn't have a whole lot of interest in eating deep-fried chicken nuggets or a PB&J sandwich for dinner when my wife and I would ordering something like macadamia-crusted halibut or a grilled chipotle-glazed veal chop).  It was often fun, especially when she was really little, as in preschool or kindergarten age, to see waiters' reactions when heard what she would order--and to watch them take steps to ensure that they heard her right and that she really wanted what she said she wanted ("Ummm, are you sure you want that for an appetizer?  You do know that 'escargot' is actually snails, right?")..
 
2014-08-12 06:56:37 PM
You know what I got for Christmas? Oh, it was a banner farking year at the old Shostie family. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old man grabbed me and said, "Hey, smoke up, Shostie." All right? So go home and cry to your daddy. Don't cry here, okay?
 
2014-08-12 08:31:50 PM
You mean like the parents from the 70's on back?
 
2014-08-12 08:45:34 PM
Well, for starters, there are people in China who are a-okay with having their child drop trou and make doo in the middle of a busy road.
 
2014-08-12 08:49:57 PM

basemetal: You mean like the parents from the 70's on back?


This.
 
2014-08-12 08:56:52 PM
Hmm.. If I cover my face I'll keep my good looks but my dick will be shredded.

But it I cover my dick my face will be destroyed and I won't be able to get layed anymore.
 
2014-08-12 08:57:22 PM

Shostie: You know what I got for Christmas? Oh, it was a banner farking year at the old Shostie family. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old man grabbed me and said, "Hey, smoke up, Shostie." All right? So go home and cry to your daddy. Don't cry here, okay?


Ally Sheedy thinks you're dreamy.  She's gonna smoke your cigarette.
 
2014-08-12 08:57:42 PM

Boo_Guy: Hmm.. If I cover my face I'll keep my good looks but my dick will be shredded.

But it I cover my dick my face will be destroyed and I won't be able to get layed anymore.


Annnnnnnd this was supposed to go in the dingo thread.  Oops.
 
2014-08-12 08:58:29 PM

fusillade762: Parents start by noticing when their baby starts peeing and making a little whistle sound. Soon enough, the baby starts to associate the whistle with peeing and voila!

Remind me never to whistle at a Vietnamese chick.


Depends on what you're into, I guess.
 
2014-08-12 08:58:30 PM

Boo_Guy: Hmm.. If I cover my face I'll keep my good looks but my dick will be shredded.

But it I cover my dick my face will be destroyed and I won't be able to get layed anymore.


Goddamn, what kind of kid are you taking care of?
 
2014-08-12 08:59:34 PM

Boo_Guy: Hmm.. If I cover my face I'll keep my good looks but my dick will be shredded.

But it I cover my dick my face will be destroyed and I won't be able to get layed anymore.


Depends on what you're into, I guess.
 
2014-08-12 09:01:15 PM
Who the hell puts their kids to bed at six FARKING thirty??
 
2014-08-12 09:02:22 PM

fusillade762: Parents start by noticing when their baby starts peeing and making a little whistle sound. Soon enough, the baby starts to associate the whistle with peeing and voila!

Remind me never to often whistle at a Vietnamese chick.


FTFY.
 
2014-08-12 09:02:26 PM

Savage Belief: Depends on what you're into, I guess.


You said 'depends what you're into, I guess' twice.
 
2014-08-12 09:03:31 PM
Says the subby who is probably thrilled with the ribbon he/she will get for this greenlight.
 
2014-08-12 09:03:59 PM
Yeah kids these days are nightmarishly coddled and spoiled. In America at least. It's no wonder we aren't number one in any damn thing accept obesity and number of incarcerated citizens. I'm also willing to bet the article left out another minor detail about foreign parenting: in other countries hitting your child for being a little smart ass bastard or a whiny ass wont get CPS called on you. Smack your kid in public here and god forbid someone sees it! CPS and half a precinct will be paying you a damn visit.
 
2014-08-12 09:04:05 PM
The French kid thing has the right idea.  Nothing is more annoying than going to eat with a fussy adult eater.  It's pathetic.
 
2014-08-12 09:05:49 PM
www.timesquotidian.com

You WILL behave.
No ifs.
No ands.
No buts.
You WILL behave.
 
2014-08-12 09:06:01 PM

basemetal: You mean like the parents from the 70's on back?


So much of this.
 
2014-08-12 09:08:50 PM
Like this?

www.stardestroyer.net
 
2014-08-12 09:09:41 PM
Part of it is what has to take place in the schools as well, where there must be PC efforts made to avoid lawsuits in nearly every situation.
 
2014-08-12 09:10:08 PM
Americans sure have this weird belief that away is better.  I think it has something to do with being so geographically huge as a country.

Some of you should try living overseas.  They don't have jack figured out.
 
2014-08-12 09:11:22 PM

abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]


You can't put American kids in anything other than elastic pants while this dapper young gentleman wears a tie.
 
2014-08-12 09:11:50 PM

abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]


Where is that? L.A.? Atlanta?
 
2014-08-12 09:14:00 PM

taurusowner: abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]

Where is that? L.A.? Atlanta?


This post brought to you by 1993.
 
2014-08-12 09:14:22 PM

basemetal: You mean like the parents from the 70's on back?


This is how we're raising our kids more or less. No books. Swats on the butt for bad/stupid behavior. Common sense parenting. We get compliments on how well behaved they are even when we are not around. We get asked how we did it. Our response is usually some combination of the above.

/Haven't had to swat a kid in almost 4 years.
 
2014-08-12 09:16:44 PM
In my household it was "the belt". I never got hit with it, never questioned it.
 
2014-08-12 09:16:48 PM

Rapmaster2000: taurusowner: abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]

Where is that? L.A.? Atlanta?

This post brought to you by 1993.


wat?
 
2014-08-12 09:17:43 PM
Subby's description of American parenting only applies to white people, you know, and non-Hispanic white kids are a hair over half the country's kids (52 percent of 17 and younger, and falling). The kids in my neighborhood are free range (the black kids), busy looking after their siblings (the Latino kids) or browbeaten into studying all the time (Asians).

These stereotypes are stereotypes, but they're more accurate descriptions of "American parenting" than the helicopter coddling that the white half of American kids supposedly get. These trend articles mainly illustrate how affluent, privileged and out of touch national media members are.
 
2014-08-12 09:18:15 PM
I just want there to be a happy medium in my neighborhood between the children who can't be farther than 15 feet from their parents and the ones that are allowed to run feral through the yard for hours a day, every day.
 
2014-08-12 09:18:57 PM

abhorrent1: Rapmaster2000: taurusowner: abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]

Where is that? L.A.? Atlanta?

This post brought to you by 1993.

wat?


He's got some great material about the pimps in Times Square too.
 
2014-08-12 09:19:03 PM

abhorrent1: Rapmaster2000: taurusowner: abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]

Where is that? L.A.? Atlanta?

This post brought to you by 1993.

wat?


He said, "Shut up, stupid."
 
2014-08-12 09:22:46 PM

Savage Belief: This is how we're raising our kids more or less. No books.


You won't let your kids read? Ok, I'm sure that they'll be famous rappers or baseball players, so that will probably work out well for them.
 
2014-08-12 09:23:14 PM
2. Vietnamese moms train their babies to pee on command

They would so hate me there. I'd go to places just to whistle at kids.
 
2014-08-12 09:23:15 PM

LazyMedia: abhorrent1: Rapmaster2000: taurusowner: abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]

Where is that? L.A.? Atlanta?

This post brought to you by 1993.

wat?

He said, "Shut up, stupid."


wat?
 
2014-08-12 09:23:54 PM
Yeah, every white kid is coddled. Every white person becomes a billionaire and gets the government to bail their bank out. Every white person owns slaves.

Fark: Home of retarded liberal memes
 
2014-08-12 09:24:18 PM

proteus_b: Savage Belief: This is how we're raising our kids more or less. No books.

You won't let your kids read? Ok, I'm sure that they'll be famous rappers or baseball players, so that will probably work out well for them.


I told that teacher lady, I only need to know three letters -- U, S and A!
 
2014-08-12 09:24:33 PM

LazyMedia: Subby's description of American parenting only applies to white people, you know, and non-Hispanic white kids are a hair over half the country's kids (52 percent of 17 and younger, and falling). The kids in my neighborhood are free range (the black kids), busy looking after their siblings (the Latino kids) or browbeaten into studying all the time (Asians).

These stereotypes are stereotypes, but they're more accurate descriptions of "American parenting" than the helicopter coddling that the white half of American kids supposedly get. These trend articles mainly illustrate how affluent, privileged and out of touch national media members are.


It doesn't even apply to all (I'd bet on most, even) white kids.
 
2014-08-12 09:25:53 PM

stirfrybry: Yeah, every white kid is coddled. Every white person becomes a billionaire and gets the government to bail their bank out. Every white person owns slaves.

Fark: Home of retarded liberal memes


"Oh, the good old days when we could hit them with a belt and they knew respect and the value of a dollar" is a liberal meme? Okayyyyyyyy.
 
2014-08-12 09:27:31 PM

Dirty J1: Yeah kids these days are nightmarishly coddled and spoiled. In America at least. It's no wonder we aren't number one in any damn thing accept obesity and number of incarcerated citizens. I'm also willing to bet the article left out another minor detail about foreign parenting: in other countries hitting your child for being a little smart ass bastard or a whiny ass wont get CPS called on you. Smack your kid in public here and god forbid someone sees it! CPS and half a precinct will be paying you a damn visit.


actually, in many European countries, spanking is banned.

However:

1) kids are encouraged to talk at the table, instead of playing on the ipad.
2) kids are encouraged to go outside and play and work off their energy.
3) boundaries are set and adhered too.
 
2014-08-12 09:28:12 PM

fusillade762: Parents start by noticing when their baby starts peeing and making a little whistle sound. Soon enough, the baby starts to associate the whistle with peeing and voila!

Remind me never to whistle at a Vietnamese chick.


They do this in Thailand too. Mom on the bus whistles, baby pees into a plastic band, mom ties it up with rubber band and out the window it goes.

/esaan
//90-92
 
2014-08-12 09:29:11 PM

Savage Belief: basemetal: You mean like the parents from the 70's on back?

This is how we're raising our kids more or less. No books. Swats on the butt for bad/stupid behavior. Common sense parenting. We get compliments on how well behaved they are even when we are not around. We get asked how we did it. Our response is usually some combination of the above.

/Haven't had to swat a kid in almost 4 years.


My mom stopped spanking me when I was 2. My sisters never got spanked. But ohmygod, the dreaded words in our household: "I'm very disappointed in you." Probably where 50% of my depression came from.

More importantly, in the Mama Gyrfalcon household, we were allowed to fail, allowed to try things, encouraged to get out and do things on our own, and not just asked, but EXPECTED to behave well at all times. Amazing how well we all turned out.
 
2014-08-12 09:29:38 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: LazyMedia: Subby's description of American parenting only applies to white people, you know, and non-Hispanic white kids are a hair over half the country's kids (52 percent of 17 and younger, and falling). The kids in my neighborhood are free range (the black kids), busy looking after their siblings (the Latino kids) or browbeaten into studying all the time (Asians).

These stereotypes are stereotypes, but they're more accurate descriptions of "American parenting" than the helicopter coddling that the white half of American kids supposedly get. These trend articles mainly illustrate how affluent, privileged and out of touch national media members are.

It doesn't even apply to all (I'd bet on most, even) white kids.


Yup. My brother has kids; they were raised to have manners, although the one with major ADHD is on drugs for it, which helps (some) with his lack of impulse control. When I was a kid, he'd just have been labeled a bad kid, and paddled every day at school (we had kids that happened to; it didn't improve them any).

My sister's kids are a bit more coddled, but they're nice kids and fun to be around, and seem to be making their way gradually to adulthood.
 
2014-08-12 09:30:27 PM

Shanghai_Flyer: Boo_Guy: Hmm.. If I cover my face I'll keep my good looks but my dick will be shredded.

But it I cover my dick my face will be destroyed and I won't be able to get layed anymore.

Goddamn, what kind of kid are you taking care of?


Maybe the baby ate your dingo.
 
2014-08-12 09:30:52 PM

Rapmaster2000: abhorrent1: Like this?

[www.stardestroyer.net image 342x265]

You can't put American kids in anything other than elastic pants while this dapper young gentleman wears a tie.


win.

/dingo man is a close second
//im drunk
///cause ive been drinkin, biatch!
 
2014-08-12 09:32:04 PM

shortymac: Dirty J1: Yeah kids these days are nightmarishly coddled and spoiled. In America at least. It's no wonder we aren't number one in any damn thing accept obesity and number of incarcerated citizens. I'm also willing to bet the article left out another minor detail about foreign parenting: in other countries hitting your child for being a little smart ass bastard or a whiny ass wont get CPS called on you. Smack your kid in public here and god forbid someone sees it! CPS and half a precinct will be paying you a damn visit.

actually, in many European countries, spanking is banned.

However:

1) kids are encouraged to talk at the table, instead of playing on the ipad.
2) kids are encouraged to go outside and play and work off their energy.
3) boundaries are set and adhered too.


I think the biggest advantage kids have in other places is that there's less fear-mongering in the news media, and kids are allowed to go be kids instead of being locked inside to protect them from the NAMBLA cartel serial killers.
 
2014-08-12 09:36:56 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Well, for starters, there are people in China who are a-okay with having their child drop trou and make doo in the middle of a busy road.


Or in the middle of a busy mall. Or in the middle of a busy aircraft. Or Hong Kong. Mainlanders especially love to poo in Hong Kong.
 
2014-08-12 09:39:31 PM
A few odd ones there to me, but the ones that aren't that big of a deal.

"6. Japanese parents let their kids go out by themselves"

I've let my children go out by themselves, granted, not on a subway, but they've been out without supervision in the neighborhood, and I'd be comfortable with them walking to the convenience store a block away.

They're 10 and 8, I trust them, and my neighborhood isn't that bad.

As for #7, they're bed time is 9 on the weekdays when there is school, and 11 on the weekends or when there isn't school.

And #9?  I couldn't have stopped my kids from eating what we eat.  They wanted to try everything.
 
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