American parents have gotten pretty damn good at the whole endeavor, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t real and significant lessons to pick up from how other cultures raise kids. Plenty of practices that would scare American moms and dads aren’t only commonplace around the world — they’re safe, effective, and useful. That doesn’t mean you should instantly transform yourself into a French or Swedish father overnight, but it means getting a little bit of an International perspective on parenting can lead to some helpful insights.
That’s why Fatherly built this guide to parenting in other countries. We spun the globe and found out why Danish parents leave their kids on the curb at restaurants, how the Spanish put their kids to bed, why the French prefer an arms-length approach to care-taking, and more.