Nothing has the ability to hit you right where it hurts quite like being a parent
So with the controversial tag recently going around, I figured that this would be the perfect time to talk about all the different ways of parenting.
From morning sickness to tricky teenagers fussy eaters to ipad addicts, the core challenges facing parents are the same all over the world – but how each country deals with them is astonishingly different.
In Planet Parent, Mark Woods looks in every corner of the globe to find the very best parenting tips and techniques. He gets the lowdown on potty training success in China, learns why French kids eat vegetables rather than throw them and discovers how much screen time Apple boss Steve Jobs allowed his children.
Mark Woods started his writing career as a news journalist before moving into public relations for a television company. The enormous corporate disaster that followed allowed Mark to concentrate on writing and he joined the charity Comic Relief as a journalist and Twitter man.
The birth of his first son inspired Mark to write the bestselling Pregnancy for men, which has since been translated into seven languages. His next parenting instalment, Babies and Toddlers for men, aimed to help the modern day fathers make the best of the very early days of being a dad.
Parenting comes at a cost and that cost is caring. Caring about what happens to your children like you care about nothing else on earth.
This book compares the differences in parenting from hundreds of years ago to now. It also compares the differences in childbirth across various countries. “Today, tomorrow and throughout the entirety of our history, human childbirth has been excruciating, often terrifyingly and always uniquely painful experience.”
Did you know? The length of a human pregnancy is calculated the same way everywhere on the planet at 40 weeks long. Everywhere that is, except for France where its 41 weeks. Interesting!
The ’10 baby names I love but won’t be using’ tag has also been going around in the blogging/vlogging world recently and this brings me onto the ‘name game’ – choosing a name for your baby. You don’t want the babies name to be too common but at the same time you don’t want it to be too uncommon and ‘weird’. Maybe youd like to choose a name with a nice meaning or after a certain friend or relative. My daughter is called ‘Alyssia’ her name is quite uncommon, the spelling especially. Her middle name is ‘Grace’ named after one of my old best friends from secondary school. Alyssias name has a Greek meaning and means “noble and kind” which I thought was lovely.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it is full of useful and interesting information, I feel like I have actually learnt a lot by reading “Planet Parent” its interesting to find out how different countries cope with different things. I have picked out 6 more fun facts from the book that I found really interesting and wanted to share:
Births – In the UK in 1954, around 64% of deliveries took place in hospital. By 1972 that rate had moved to 91% and from 1975 onwards it has never dipped below 95%. This shows how much people rely on hospitals when having a baby.
Controversial parenting – Sleep training or letting your baby cry itself to sleep is one of the most firecly debated issues in early parenthood. For much of the planet, demand feeding and often co-sleeping still rule the roost. I wrote a blog post on Sleep Training if any of you would like to have a quick read.
Potty training – An estimated 50% of the worlds children are toilet trained by the time they turn one year’s old, with the majority of this being trained without the use of a single nappy. I think thats crazy, my daughter is 15 months old now and I feel like she is nowhere near ready to be potty training.
Weaning – The French society of paediatrics recommends what it calls ‘food diversification’ where parents introduce a different vegetable to their child’s diet every four days or so once they are weaning. This is interesting, I never knew that it was French and called ‘food diversification’ but we actually did this when we started weaning Alyssia at 6 months.
Childcare – Did you know that over a quarter of UK salaries now goes towards childcare costs. How crazy is that!
Income – In the US, mothers are now the sole or primary income provider in a record 40% of households with children – that’s nearly four times the rate in 1960. It’s crazy how different some families can be and the different rates of pay in men and women job roles.
You can buy this book here.
Thanks for reading,
*Disclaimer – this book was given to me free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are of my own, as always.