How To Parent Like a German

by ParentCo. February 25, 2015

In Time magazine, Sara Zaske (@sarazaske) writes: The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to their children who were hanging off a dragon 20 feet above a sand pit. Where were the piles of soft padded foam? The liability notices? The personal injury lawyers? Contrary to stereotypes, most German parents I’ve met are the opposite of strict. They place a high value on independence and responsibility. Those parents at the park weren’t ignoring their children; they were trusting them. Berlin doesn’t need a “free range parenting” movement because free range is the norm. Read the other surprising things Berlin parents do in "How To Parent Like a German" on TIME.


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