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8 important parenting lessons from the Dutch

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The Netherlands ranks as having the happiest children in the world.
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I don't think kids are happier here than in other countries. Is this based on actual research? Sorry I did not read the book.
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My great grand father is Dutch-Indonesian, now this explains why I used to get excited getting soaked up in the heavy rain on the way home from school, we(my classmates and I) go skying in the rain water pools on the open sports fields next to our primary schools.. Primary schools days were fun
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Dutch for the win
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Great article, as a Dutch mom I can relate to most of it. One thing I want to add is that a lot of roads here are especially designed so that it is safe to cycle on. Also distances are shorter, because this is a small country. However, when I was in high school I remember some kids who lived kinda remote and they had to ride their bikes for about an hour to get to school. Sometimes when it was very cold, they would arrive at school with ice in their hair and on their noses, they were absolutely fierce
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All the more reason I want to move there!!!
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Amsterdam Calling America is so overprotective that's why they aren't happy.
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It's what Peetje Smithuis says, the points in the article are true but we also struggle with planning in me-time or date nights with our husbands. Although maybe it's a little easier because we do often work part-time.

And we also have prudish people here
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How do I move to Netherlands?
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Could it be also the smell of weed in the air..?! Hahaha
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I noticed in contrast to my own upbringing many modern Dutch parents want to be 'friends' with their kids, afraid of being 'not fun' as a parent. Not sure if that's a good thing.
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Children are always happy, no matter which country..
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I've also observed that most Dutch University students I've met have great relationships with their parents! perhaps it was also how they were brought up.
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