ISBN: 9781615193905
Publishing: April 4, 2017
Price: $15.95 US
Paperback: 256 pages
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The Happiest Kids in the World
How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less
 

The secret to raising the happiest kids in the world? Whatever it is, it’s somewhere in the Netherlands . . .

Would parents rather their children be successful or happy? Kids in the US face lots of pressure to excel—often at the expense of happiness. But does it have to be this way? Not in the Netherlands! In The Happiest Kids in the World, expats Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison—both married to Dutchmen and bringing up their kids in the Netherlands—examine the unique environment that enables the Dutch to turn out such well-adjusted, independent children. With heaps of good humor, and no shortage of amazement, the authors are delighted to find that:

  • Babies get an average of 15 hours of sleep per day.
  • Children learn bike safety and proficiency in school.
  • Teenagers are less likely to get pregnant than their counterparts in almost every other nation, and . . .
  • Parents really do serve chocolate sprinkles for breakfast!

Along the way, they discover that the most commonly strived-for grade is just passing (6 points out of 10), how to achieve the perfect work-life balance, and that being normal is crazy enough.

“American parents exhausted by the pressures and expectations of parenting will appreciate this refreshing look at how another culture handles the same issues.”—Publishers Weekly

“Clear and concise . . . this is one of the most convincing parenting books to come across my desk in the last year.”—Sunday Times

“An eye-opening and badly-needed dose of perspective. In my next life, I want to be Dutch.”
Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé (French Children Don’t Throw Food)

“I’m done having babies, but this book made me (almost) want to have one more, just so I can raise it the Dutch way!”
Jen Mann, New York Times–bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

“A fascinating book—one I wish I had read sooner! In fact, the more I read the more I became tempted to move our entire family to the Netherlands . . .”
Sarah Turner, author of The Unmumsy Mum
Acosta and Hutchison

Rina Mae Acosta is a writer from California currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two young sons. She founded the successful parenting blog Finding Dutchland. Michele Hutchison worked in publishing in Britain before moving to Amsterdam in 2004. She is now a prominent translator of Dutch literature and lives in a traditional Dutch house with her husband and two children.