Friday, February 17, 2012

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood...Review & Giveaway!

I have just finished reading what is probably the most intriguing parenting book I have ever read....How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm:  And Other Adventures in Parenting Around the World by Mei-Ling Hopgood.  This book was absolutely fascinating!  Here is the scoop...

A tour of global practices that will inspire American parents to expand their horizons (and geographical borders) and learn that there’s more than one way to diaper a baby.


Mei-Ling Hopgood, a first-time mom from suburban Michigan—now living in Buenos Aires—was shocked that Argentine parents allow their children to stay up until all hours of the night. Could there really be social and developmental advantages to this custom? Driven by a journalist’s curiosity and a new mother’s desperation for answers, Hopgood embarked on a journey to learn how other cultures approach the challenges all parents face: bedtimes, potty training, feeding, teaching, and more.


Observing parents around the globe and interviewing anthropologists, educators, and child-care experts, she discovered a world of new ideas. The Chinese excel at potty training, teaching their wee ones as young as six months old. Kenyans wear their babies in colorful cloth slings—not only is it part of their cultural heritage, but strollers seem outright silly on Nairobi’s chaotic sidewalks. And the French are experts at turning their babies into healthy, adventurous eaters. Hopgood tested her discoveries on her spirited toddler, Sofia, with some enlightening results.


This intimate and surprising look at the ways other cultures raise children offers parents the option of experimenting with tried and true methods from around the world and shows that there are many ways to be a good parent.

I think this book is simply fantastic.  I have read lots and lots of parenting books and never before have I seen a book that covers parenting styles from around the globe.  It was so interesting to read about how other cultures handle parenting basics and it really helped broaden my thinking.  I really enjoyed Hopgoods writing style and her enthusiam for the subject shines from the pages. This book is an excellent addition to your parenting library and I think would make a unique and thoughtful baby shower gift.  Pick up your copy today...


I am so pleased to tell you that TWO lucky RBM readers will win a copy of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. Thanks so much to the publisher, Algonquin Books and here is how to enter...
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43 comments:

Karla said...

Japanese techniques

slb3334 said...

I would like to learn about Chinese techniques.

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ani hearts japan said...

I would like to learn about French techniques. I read something in the news about their parenting skills compared to Americans just recently.

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tavernie said...

Id like to know about Native Americans

rubynreba said...

I'd like to learn about Swedish techniques.
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rubynreba said...

Entered Purex giveaway
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mrsshukra said...

Hawaiian!

mrsshukra said...

Entered All the Flowers in Shanghai!

Missy L said...

Native American because that is part of my family's history

katklaw777 said...

Polish, Irish and Swedish

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Carl said...

I think the Chinese techniques are the most interesting to me.

Mom of Two said...

Germans

Jen S said...

Would love to read more about the Buenos Aires experience. Also, commented on reviewedbymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/treasure-buddiesout-now.html and entered Morphology game giveaway.

Jackie said...

The Japanese cultures techniques because my grandmother is from Japan.

Jackie said...

Entered Chuck & Friends giveaway

Veronica R said...

I would love to read about French parenting techniques, but also love to learn more about Chinese too.

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deanna said...

Indian
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Mommy of Two said...

Chinese :)

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Jennifer Rogers said...

Asian
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jaragabrielle said...

I am actually most intrigued by the cover title! Eskimos! My husband is actually part aleutian indian. He certainly looks indian and he is so hot natured! He wants everything cold cold cold!

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Sarah Walker said...

I would love to learn about German parenting techniques.

The Knapps said...

I'd love to learn more about French techniques since I've heard they have a different way of raising more patient children than Americans do :)

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Hifam said...

German would be interesting to me.
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Brandy C said...

I'd like to learn more about traditional Native American!

sweetpea18 said...

i think the eskimos and other cold climate cultures parenting techniques would be interesting to learn about.
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Nicole C. said...

Indian

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Jackie said...

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

I would like to learn more about Native Americans parenting.

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riadeliza said...

Japanese techniques.

Hifam said...

I commented on the "Brave" post.

Nancy said...

I'd like to learn about Chinese parenting.

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Anonymous said...

I would like to learn about european, specifically french, techniques.

lisa said...

French

cpage2323 said...

Russian parenting

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Clair said...

I love reading about the chinese/japanese

Jennifer said...

I would be interested in reading about indigenous people. Native Americans, Brazil, Australia ..etc.

Mercedes said...

When we lived in Finland, we learned that parents would bundle their babies up extremely warmly and let them sleep outside at night. It seemed crazy to me, but my daughter's lung specialist said that bundling them warmly and keeping them outside helps clear their lungs. I'd love to read about Brazil!

Kathy Davis said...

I would be very interested in learning how Middle Eastern families raise their children.
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Shaky Mommy said...

I'd love to hear the French techniques for getting their toddlers to eat all kinds of foods!

Sweetsillysara said...

The French!

collegestudentfreebies said...

chinese! heather.loftus@aol.com

Atreau said...

I'd like to read about China as it's my ancestral homeland.