As a young American mother you wrestle with the daily struggles of parenting. Where do you look for advice? Whether the laissez faire approach of the French, the give-them space practice in Iceland, or the unforgiving rigidity of China's "Tiger Moms", the American mother is searching other cultures for parenting practices.
Interesting question and I am curious to hear other opinions/thoughts.
With increased access to "peek" into how other cultures parent, it opens the door for a broader range of parenting styles. However (in some cases unfortunately), I think we typically rely on what we know from our own personal experiences. Many--maybe most--of us fall back into the patterns of how we were parented. Sometimes we replicate those styles and sometimes we adamantly reject them and follow whatever is the antithesis of that most familiar parenting style. And, local culture applies a certain amount of pressure and still dictates much of what is done.
All of that being said, I would love to know what is different in many of those styles. Particular cultural backgrounds in the U.S. seem to foster higher-achieving children than other cultures, yet I doubt that it has less to do with genetics and is more about environment and parenting strategies. How do you push without pushing too hard? How do you foster an intrinsic desire to learn and achieve? Ideas?