How to raise a child? An Unicef research says that you should do as the Dutch do. Because they raise the happiest children.

The Dutch way
Two expat moms living in Holland, Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, looked at the Dutch way of parenting and compared it to their own childhood. Writing down those findings resulted in the book ‘The happiest kids in the world: How Dutch parents help their kids (and themselves) by doing less,’ which is an ode to the Dutch way of bringing up children.

Crybaby
Acosta and Hutchison think that Dutch kids are the happiest because they have a lot of freedom and little academic stress. Besides Dutch babies cry less than American or British ones, and they sleep two hours a day more because of that. Our country-expert Samantha Destree has this opinion about Dutch parenting

Relaxed
Also, the Dutch are very relaxed about parenting, which is a good thing. ‘They place the risk in perspective,’ Acosta writes. For example they let their children cycle alone and they can climb in trees all by themselves. The children have a lot of responsibility, which results in low-key family time. In the Unicef report Dutch children are the happiest, second comes Norway and American children are at place 26th out of 29 countries, just above Lithuania and Latvia. So maybe it’s time every parent should go Dutch.

Book
Want to know more? You can buy the book The happiest kids in the world: How Dutch parents help their kids (and themselves) by doing less over here, and when you’re new to Holland you could follow our Understanding the Dutch course, to learn all about the Dutch ways in living, working and parenting.