Not sure how that song got stuck in my head. It makes for a good title though. Today's post is definitely a nod to my bookish self. My background and degree is in Anthropology I went into college knowing what I was going to major in and I loved every minute of it. The basic explanation of what anthropology is: the study of humans past and present. If you want to get more in depth there are different branches one of those being cultural. Cultural anthropologists look at social patterns and practices and then examine those across cultures. I know, I know sounds like a lecture right now but just bear with me a moment.
Within each area of anthropology there are more specific topics that can be focused on. I took a class in undergraduate school that I found extremely interesting, Anthropology of Reproduction. Now you see how the song go stuck in my head. The class examined the different practices of child birth, menopause, and the female body. I became so interested in this topic I did a lot of reading on it even today. The book I wanted to share today has to do with child rearing across different cultures. I should probably mention that I myself do not actually have children yet.
The suspense is killing you right?!? OK the book that I am talking about is...
How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm - And Other Adventures in Parenting by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Great title for a parenting book and the chapter titles are even more intriguing, here are just a few: How Buenos Aires Children Go to Bed Later, How Kenyans Live without Strollers, How the Chinese Potty Train Early and How the Japanese Let Their Children Fight. The chapter titles alone were the biggest pull for me to buy this book and it was well worth it.
Stepping out of our own cultural bulb to see how things are done elsewhere may be a helpful tool for you parenting struggles. Yes your right how would I know I don't have kids yet. Its not a matter of having or not having its the bigger picture of understanding that there is not a set way of doing something. Kids are a prefect example of this, you can have two children that needed to be raised in completely different manners. Maybe you don't agree with a certain "technique" of doing something when it comes to your child. Putting your nose to the books can sometimes be a good step to try and find a solution for that problem that will work for both child and parent.
I love reading books like this and I hope you can get your hands on a copy and see how insightful and entertaining this book is. I know that it will be a re-read once I have children of my own!