6 parenting customs from around the world
In 'How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm,' writer Mei-Ling Hopgood explores parenting customs from other cultures.
3. Keeping family close in Lebanon
One friend whose family is from Lebanon told Hopgood that in her culture, if one person's going to dinner, everyone's going to dinner – which may result in an extended family group of 30 to 40 people. "Nobody will make a move without the group," her friend Tammy Audi said. "It feels unnatural to leave someone behind, or separate." Another friend whose family is also Lebanonese never hires a babysitter. Relatives always take care of children,and family members will come by the house without calling first and be urged to stay, eat, and talk. The family is a group of people that can all help with important life decisions or aid each other in a crisis. When relatives living farther apart, an effort is made to maintain a connection, and family members try to see each other face-to-face as often as possible.