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How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: Parenting wisdom from around the world [Kindle Edition]

Mei-Ling Hopgood
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm is the perfect read for fans of bestselling parenting book French Children Don't Throw Food.

'A captivating book, filled with some genuinely useful (and jaw-dropping) child-rearing tips from all over the world'

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

For any parent weary of the so-called 'expert advice' peddled in books and on TV, How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm lifts the lid on how other cultures parent their children, with some interesting – and surprising – insights. Mei-Ling Hopgood explores how mums and dads in other countries approach such issues as bedtime, potty training, healthy eating and playtime squabbles and offers some fascinating new perspectives on how to do things.

This inspiring, engaging and fun read proves that there are many ways to be a good parent - and more than one way to raise a child.



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"The book is breezy and entertaining and Hopgood is charmingly self-deprecating about her own mothering of the formidable Sofia, who emerges as a sassy character in her own right."
--Boston Globe

"A pleasure to read . . . No doubt some details will be too enticing not to try, like recruiting the whole family for meal preparation and training young children to take responsibility for simple tasks. Ultimately, this absorbing assemblage of perspectives will help widen our own."
--BookPage

"Throughout her carefully organized text, [Hopgood] shows enormous respect for everyone she speaks with and everything she learns . . . A best bet for new parents."
--Booklist

"Hopgood's text is a satisfying mix of research, observation, interview, and personal experience . . . Readers will laugh, marvel and muse over the many (frequently opposing) child-rearing methods that persist despite the growing globalization of parenthood."
--Publishers Weekly

"Entertaining and thought-provoking . . . this is a liberating read for any parent bogged down by western parenting advice."
--Financial Times

"A look at interesting, useful and often surprising parenting techniques from around the world . . . will definitely make you smile."
--Pregnancy & Birth magazine

"Entertaining and thought-provoking…this is a liberating read for any parent bogged down by western parenting advice" --Financial Times

About the Author

Mei-Ling Hopgood is a journalist and writer who has written for various publications. A newspaper feature she wrote for US newspaper St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the reunion with her birth family won a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband and their two daughters.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230767656
  • Publisher: Macmillan (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKFG18A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Eskimos keep their babies warm 23 Mar. 2013
By Lynds
Format:Hardcover
As a mother of four girls I have always had questions about when to potty train, when should my girls goes to bed. This book is beautifully written, giving you an insight into other cultures and how they bring up their children sitting seamlessly with the Mei-Ling Hopgood's experiences with her own daughter Sofia. I would recommend this book to any parent who has ever questioned their parenting skills, a beautiful book not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Interesting! 3 Feb. 2013
By Kim
Format:Kindle Edition
With a 10 wks old and 5 year old, I really found this book interesting. It makes you realise that there is no right or wrong way to bring up children, only different methods.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Eskimos keep their babies warm 18 Mar. 2013
By Stanjo
Format:Hardcover
As a mother of two I was reallly looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. The book gives examples of parenting from around the world and it gave an interesting insight into other cultures and how they raise their children. I found it very enjoyable and I would definately recommend it to other parents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helps you trust yourself 13 April 2013
By simbo
Format:Hardcover
Although my children are past the age where I would usually be consulting parenting books I read this with interest and really wish I'd read it 10 years ago. In a world where too many aspects of parenting are handed down as hewn in tablets of stone it is refreshing to learn how things are done elsewhere, and to be able to adopt a completely different method secure in the knowledge that it is practised successfully somewhere. I found the chapter on potty training particularly thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very insightful. As a first time patent to a toddler I found this book very interesting. As the author herself has said, parents in the west are very quick to judge each other on how they raise their children. This is most definitely true in Wales. As a mother I constantly feel guilty for going back to work, for continuing to co sleep with a toddler amongst other things as a result of other people's judgements. Therefore I was very pleased to read that many of these parenting choices are normal in
other cultures.
The book has also taught me about many parenting customs that I had never heard of but find fascinating and might even choose to follow. A great read, we in the west have a lot to learn from other cultures. It will help the reader realise that there are many different ways of raising a child successfully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I had high hopes 14 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I liked the start but somewhere in the middle I felt I was reading a university essay ,I did learn a few things but I was expecting more cultural diversity and less going over the same subjects in the same countries five times. I found it somewhat boring by the end and just wanted to finish it ,to be done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and interesting read. 10 Jun. 2014
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This is the first kind of 'parenting' book I have read that I enjoyed! It's not really a parenting book but more a cultural look into the different ways that other countries tackle everyday things.

As a first time expecting parent, I enjoyed reading about the different cultural references. How some of the western material things are not always as necessary as I first thought them to be and it has defiantly questioned some things I thought were just the way to do things.

I would recommend this book to my friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting and liberating. 29 Jun. 2013
By Suz
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this book a really interesting read. As a newish mother I began to feel liberated from the constraints our culture places on parents when reading how other cultures raise their children. For example, I no longer worry about occasionally breaking the bedtime 'deadline' after reading about the flexible attitude Buenos Aires parents' hold. My 14 month old has had no ill effects and we've had more fun as a result. Wish I'd read this book sooner and would recommend to other parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. A friend bought bought it for my ...
A great book. A friend bought bought it for my baby shower and I've since bought it for lots of other friends with babies. Really interesting and great for ideas!
Published 4 months ago by Anna Kinsella- Samuel
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Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Chatty style but interesting & often thought-provoking content.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. A. C. Hussey
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Really fascinating and an easy read. Great to learn about parenting practices from around the world and put your own experiences into a global context that isn't just about... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Amazing book on different parenting approaches to key stages in child development. I found this book facinating and it brightened up my daily comute to work. Read more
Published 23 months ago by NATALIE GRIFFITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read!
found this book really interesting and if you have children it may help you look at how you do things differently and may also give you ideas. Read more
Published on 5 Jun. 2013 by Mrs Louise Catchpole
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids and parenting in other countries
Not that well written. Some good ideas for those struggling with young kids. Personally, I was brought up with no meal times, bath nights or bedtimes etc so personally favoured... Read more
Published on 19 April 2013 by Karen R
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Interesting insight into how different cultures raise their children. For those mummy's constantly asking themselves if they're raising their children right it makes you realise... Read more
Published on 18 April 2013 by EP
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
This is a fantastic book. As a parent of a four year old and a 4 month old it really made me appreciate that every child is an individual, that there is no right and wrong in... Read more
Published on 17 April 2013 by Susi
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