• Paula Presswood

10 Parenting Practices from Japan: How Many Do YOU Do?

1. SELF-CONTROL: Children are taught from a young age to be considerate of others and live in a state of harmony with others. Japanese children tend to be calm, quiet and self-regulated in public.

2. EXTREME ATTACHMENT PARENTING: Babywearing is prevalent, and moms take their babies everywhere they go, usually by sling or carrier but more recently in buggies and strollers. The family bed is customary, with the child in between mom and dad. This practice continues well past preschool.

3. FOOD IS LOVE: Meal preparation is an art, and moms take great care when packing school lunches, waking early to prepare Bento box lunches featuring beautiful, healthy foods - rice balls shaped like animals or plants, vegetables, tofu and seaweed.

4. MORALITY: Emphasizing virtues such as honour, trustworthiness, honesty and humbleness are at the core of parenting culture.

5. EMPHASIS ON INDEPENDENCE: Children, even at a young age, are expected to be self-reliant enough to go to school unaccompanied, (even if it means taking a city bus or train or navigating busy streets). Children perform daily chores in the home at a young age to help them gain confidence and independence.