The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less (Paperback)

How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less

By Rina Mae Acosta, Michele Hutchison

Experiment, 9781615193905, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2017



Discover how Dutch parents raise The Happiest Kids in the World

Calling all stressed-out parents: Relax Imagine a place where young children play unsupervised, don't do homework, have few scheduled "activities" . . . and rank #1 worldwide in happiness and education. It's not a fantasy--it's the Netherlands

Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison--an American and a Brit, both married to Dutchmen and raising their kids in the Netherlands--report back on what makes Dutch kids so happy and well adjusted. Is it that dads take workdays off to help out? Chocolate sprinkles for breakfast? Bicycling everywhere?

Whatever the secret, entire Dutch families reap the benefits, from babies (who sleep 15 hours a day) to parents (who enjoy a work-life balance most Americans only dream of). As Acosta and Hutchison borrow ever-more wisdom from their Dutch neighbors, this much becomes clear: Sometimes the best thing we can do as parents is . . . less