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Here’s what lessons can be learned from parenting in the Netherlands


Research has shown that children in the Netherlands are some of the most happy in the world. Experts believe there may be many reasons for this.

UNICEF reportPublished last year, it was shown that the Netherlands’ children felt the best. According to the United Nations’ children’s agency, data was collected from 41 countries of high income. They ranked the countries by how well they score on mental health and development of academic and social skills.

The Netherlands ranked highest among the three outcomes of wellbeing, with Denmark and Norway following closely.

The bottom three places in the table were held by the U.S., Chile and Bulgaria.

The other is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2020 Better Life indexIt was found that the Netherlands achieved higher scores in many areas such as earnings, education and health.

Anita Cleare of “The Working Parent’s Survival Guide” told CNBC over the telephone that socio-economic factors play a significant role in children’s happiness. According to her, happiness is possible if children have their basic needs met. This is easier in an economically affluent nation.

Cleare stated that assertive parenting style, which sets “clear boundaries with lots of love and warmth … has consistently been shown to correlate with positive outcomes for children.” 

Cleare also stated that shame can be very damaging for children and that the Dutch are known for their willingness to talk about subjects that may be more difficult to discuss elsewhere.

UNICEF’s report highlighted the fact that not all children in wealthy countries enjoy a happy childhood.

UNICEF reported that “Even countries enjoying good economic, social and environmental conditions still have a way to go before they meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in their report.

UNICEF encouraged high-income nations to seek out children and to ensure they have policies that support their well being. UNICEF advised countries to accelerate their efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals like reducing poverty, improving access and childcare.

Non-competitive schooling 

Cleare stated that the Dutch are known for their “valuing diversity.” [and] being very inclusive.” 

According to her, this type of parenting approach was crucial given the pressures that children are now under, both socially and academically, as well, according to social media. 

According to her, she believes that children will be happier if they grow up in a society where each child’s individuality is celebrated and respected. 

UNICEF’s research revealed that 81% (15-year-olds) in the Netherlands felt they could make friends easily. This was the highest rate amongst the 41 countries in the study. The highest life satisfaction rates were found for those 15-year olds who felt a strong sense of belonging to school. 

CNBC interviewed Amanda Gummer about her skills development company, The Good Play Guide. Gummer said via email that schools in the Netherlands are “non competitive” and that instead there is a strong focus on learning. 

She reminded parents that exam scores don’t have to be the end all and was important to remind them to keep their eyes on what is really important. fostering their child’s curiosity.

Gummer stated that there are also many lessons to learn from countries that have been exemplary when it comes to children’s well-being.

Gummer, for instance, said there was “culture of unity” in Norway which placed third on UNICEF’s UNICEF list.

She said that helping others can be great for mental health. So think of ways you and your family could contribute to your community.

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