Lessons of obedience. How children are raised in different countries.
Every nation has its own morals, mentality and ideas about the upbringing of children. Something may seem strange and unacceptable to us, and we can take note of some principles and views. What if we need it?
In the Land of the Rising Sun, children’s upbringing is taken very seriously. Age limits are clearly separated, and each of them implies a certain attitude towards children.
Up to 5 years old babies are treated as kings, allowing them to play and prank freely. Even in kindergartens there are special rooms where boys and girls can paint the walls with felt-tip pens! At the same time, children in Japan are not inclined to be naughty, to demand entertainment, to get new toys and dolls. Local kids have very few toys and clothes in general – they are taught to be content with what they have. So the young tomboys gladly carry the clothes and finish playing with toys of older brothers and sisters. In addition, parents develop children’s imagination, not taking toys for a joint walk, and teaching the kids to play with what surrounds them (with the gifts of nature) in the park is such a rift for the imagination!
From 5 to 15 years old, little Japanese are taught discipline and maximum obedience. Methods are sometimes the most stringent. But since this approach is a part of society’s life, a part of the system, it is perceived by children as normal. By the way, in Japan there is a lesson in contemplation – when the whole class goes somewhere outside the school and children learn to see nature, feel and hear what is happening around them. Isn’t it great?
After 15 years of age, children are treated as equal members of society. Interestingly, Japan has the lowest crime rate and one of the highest living standards in the world. I am sure that education also plays a significant role in this.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
We used to talk about American citizens as a consumer society. And there is some truth in that. After all, local mothers want to give their children absolutely everything they want, no matter how much it costs! Many children already know all the leading brands and brands in the field of children’s goods and toys at the age of 4-5. Daily willingness is not left without the attention of parents, who are in a hurry to meet the wishes of the kids. Sometimes it comes to the fact that the garages in the homes of Americans are full of toys that were purchased to satisfy the child’s need just for this thing every second.
On the other hand, Americans like no other try to convince their children that they are the best, the most beautiful, the most wondrous, the most dignified, the most-most. Raising an independent person is their goal. When a child makes a mistake, he or she will express support: “You will succeed! Try again! You are the winner! ”
In Sweden, children are treated as a full-fledged person who has rights and responsibilities. The most important thing that parents have to provide for their children is their safety. This is why Swedish people sleep together and see nothing wrong with it. “Have you ever seen an adult Swedish man sleeping with his parents? – They reasonably ask when someone does not share their views. The Swedish believe that if parents do not have time for love and care during the day, it can only be made up for at night when they sleep together, which helps the child to gain confidence and even promotes independence! In their opinion, the child is a natural being and needs a safe environment for full development.
The Swedish, like all Europeans in general, are also famous for their tolerance and tolerance for “not like you”. There are no strict distinctions in society between healthy and disabled people, between people with traditional and non-traditional orientation. In general, any categorical attitude in views is not cultivated, but cultivates loyalty and good attitude to a person.
Indian wisdom says, “Use your heart to communicate with others. This is what they teach their children – through the heart and the world of emotion to perceive the world around them. This attitude concerns not only the surrounding people, but also nature: not to offend anyone, to be kind to everyone, not to harm animals, birds and plants.
Indians are wise parents (although many of them become mothers and fathers at a very early age), never shout at children, thus teaching them to restrain their emotions. They are patient and indulgent to children’s pranks, understanding that they will have a life full of trials ahead of them.
At school, boys and girls are taught not to cram, but to think and discuss. By the way, they discuss topics that are not childish at all: “Attitudes to death”, “The need for discipline” and so on. In addition to the standard lessons, Indian schools have memory training and smile lessons. Twice a year, the whole school praises those students who have improved their results compared to last month.
In every country, there are many different ways in which children are treated. The most important thing among this diversity is sincere love.