Kids About Town In the U.S., depending on where you live, you can expect kids to go take the subway or bus by themselves between age 12 and age 15. In Japan, it’s much earlier, frighteningly so to Americans. Japanese parents often allow children as young as four to ride the subway and go where they will around town.
Alcohol Consumption It’s tough to ever imagine this one happening in the U.S. To help curb childhood obesity, Belgium started giving children light beer instead of soda. The practice did not catch on all over Belgium, but the kids who did participate preferred beer to sweet soda. In the U.S., this would certainly be child neglect or abuse.
Naps in Norway Many things about Norway are great, including state-subsidized day care for children, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, starting when they turn one year old. Even in freezing cold temperatures, when you would expect these day care centers to bring the kids inside to keep them warm, children play for hours outside and even take naps in their strollers.
No Eye Contact In Kenya, Kisii parents look away when their children start cooing for attention. What Western parents see as a great time to show their babies affection, the Kisii see as a chance to keep their kids from seeking attention.
Kids Raising Kids Polynesia allows children to help raise children. Once kids become toddlers, their parents simply leave them with other kids. The older children learn to take care of the younger ones, and the younger ones have to grow up fast to play with the older kids. Sounds like a great way to give bullies free reign and for kids to get into potentially fatal accidents, like drowning in two feet of water.
Taking a Month Off In China, there is a practice called zuo yuezi, which allows new mothers to abandon their babies for a month so they can regain their girlish figures. Perhaps they haven’t heard how healthy breastfeeding is for the babies, or that they need to bond with their newborns. Actually, they can breastfeed and leave all the rest of the care to nurses, but many zuo yuezi mothers don’t even do that.
10 Problems Only A 10 Year Old Would Understand
When Your Parents Kiss You in Public By the time you’re 10, you aren’t as interested in your parents’ attention ? let alone affection ? as you were when you were younger. This is especially true in public. It’s one thing for your mom or dad to drive you to school, but to plant a big wet kiss on your cheek before you get out of the car is the worst. Just hope no one noticed.
When Your Parents Leave You Home Alone for the First Time Now that you’re 10, your parents figure that you’re old enough to sit at home for an hour or two while they take your little sister to ballet or run to the grocery store. After all, you’ve begged them enough. So, when the day comes, you spend the first few minutes soaking up your new-found freedom. Then you hear a strange noise, or you start to get really hungry, or you eventually get bored. You can’t wait for Mom and Dad to come home.
The Waiter Brings You a Kids’ Menu How embarrassing is this? You go out to eat with your family, and your waiter brings a kiddie menu for your little siblings, and wait, what’s that? He brought one for you, too. You throw a fit because you are not a kid who needs a menu you can color on. After the waiter brings you a regular menu, you can’t figure out why it doesn’t offer chocolate milk and grilled cheese.
When Your Parents Tell You to Make Money but You Cannot Get a Job Your parents refuse to buy you the new premium leather baseball glove you absolutely need. ‘Buy it yourself,’ they say. You have to earn money, but no one wants to hire a 10-year-old. If you are lucky, Grandpa will let you rake the leaves for $5. Only $45 more to go.
You’re Torn Between Toys and Clothes on Your Birthday Your birthday will be here before you know it, and your mom tells you to make a list of what you want. When you turned 8 and 9, this was so much easier because you knew exactly which toys you wanted. But now that you are 10, you feel torn. Part of you wants the new Barbie, while another part of you wants a smartphone and those boots you saw at the mall. Maybe she can get you both?
Throwing Your First Co-ed Birthday Party Last year, Mom just invited all the girls from your class at school over to the house for some cake. Now, Joey and Adam are asking if they can come to the party. If you invite them, then you have to invite Sean, Caleb, and Max. But will the boys just ruin the fun? Oh, 10-year-old decisions are so hard.
When Your Friends Sees You Playing with Younger Siblings Although you try to cut back on playing baby games, your little sister occasionally wrangles you into a tea party or mini makeover. You consider it quality time with your siblings, and (don’t tell anyone) it’s still kind of fun. Of course, the minute you stuff yourself into that little Disney Princess costume, your friends come over unannounced and witness everything.
Having a Crush on a Teenager All of a sudden, you realize for the first time that your best friend’s older brother is gorgeous. How did you not notice before? But he’s 13 ? way too old and cool to be interested in a 10-year-old. That still doesn’t stop you from putting on a little extra lip gloss when you drop by.
When the Movie Is PG-13 One of the worst things about being 10 has to be missing out on so many great movies. You see a preview for something awesome on TV, and it builds up your hopes only to deflate them with a PG-13 rating. So, now you have to listen to your friends whose parents let them do anything talk about how great the movie was, while your mom suggests you watch ‘Frozen’ with your sister ? Again.