Features of parenting in Norway
How are we? Mom and grandmother are trying to dress children warmer, in a severe frost with a stroller in any case not to walk, feed more tasty, take to school by car, and in general one child will not let go.
In Norway, all from an early age accustomed to self-restraint and responsibility for their own lives and health. No one cares for his child "from and to" and the parents over the child do not shake at all ...
Here are some features of parenting in Norway, which I managed to learn during my trip:
Feature First. There is no bad weather.
Children from kindergarten are taught to be friends with the weather and to determine for themselves how to dress depending on the time of year. That is, it is not the mother who gives out socks-fleece-jacket-cap, but the child himself knows when to wear rubber samogs, and when a warm down jacket.
In this case, all school breaks in any weather, children should spend in the yard: rain, rain, wind, snow - it does not matter. It is believed that while running, jumping and “airing brains”, the child rests, adjusts to the next lesson, becomes tempered and is stored with health.
At school, children are taught environmental lessons.It is on them that children are explained how to dress properly in accordance with the weather forecast. For example, if on the street minus ten, you need to be dressed like a cabbage - layered. The first layer is adjacent to the body: long pants and a pullover made of fine wool or fleece. The second layer is a dress or jeans with a hoodie. The third layer is a warm, lightweight, water-repellent overall. Plus rubberized boots, rain-proof mittens, a woolen hat-helmet and, if it's very cold, a hood.
Feature Two. Food.
The peculiarity is that there are no “for lunch you must eat soup” and “first-second-compote”.
Hot meals in schools are not provided. Parents place cold sandwiches, pies, fruit, and yogurt in plastic containers. Between lessons there is one half-hour break during which you can eat. Sweet is forbidden: no lemonades, sweets, cookies, chocolates. Nuts, too, can not - to avoid allergies. In all schools and kindergartens hang signs: Nut free zone ("Free from nuts zone").
Feature three. Independence.
From the junior classes the child himself is going to school, his mother only controls.
Children go to school unaccompanied. Nobody brings and does not pick up their children in cars, here it is generally nonsense. By the way, besides a weighty bag with books, everyone carries with them a lunch bag. On trainings, additional occupation, etc. - all by yourself too.
Children themselves determine clothes by the weather and dress, as I said above.
The fourth feature. Manic teeth care.
At school, students read "The Adventures of Carius and Bactus." This popular Norwegian children's book, Thorbjørn Egner, talks about how a fun-filled bacterium with a friend caries destroyed the teeth of a lazy boy, Mark, before he began to diligently clean them. There is also a cartoon on this book, which every Norwegian child saw, as we once had “Well, wait a minute!”
The fact is that medical expenses are usually covered by state insurance, but dental care is provided only up to 18 years, after - to the dentist for his money. Therefore, the teeth cherish from childhood - mothers begin to brush the child's teeth, barely in his mouth proklyunitsya first. And they teach themselves to brush their teeth before reading.By the way, Norwegian children see sweets and chewing gum less often than hot soup for lunch, and they rarely see it, as you understood.
Feature five. High temperatures are no cause for panic.
According to Norwegian notions, if a child has a temperature of 38 degrees, this is not a reason to disturb the doctor, and a cold is not a reason to skip classes at school. With a certain list of diseases and ailments, for example, with migraines or a cold, the doctor may issue a so-called green prescription. This is the official recommendation to go for a walk in the woods. Norwegian medicine is organized according to the principle “the rescue of drowning people is the work of the drowning people themselves”. To say that your health is junk is like recognizing that you are lazy and irresponsible. He did not go in for sports, he did not get tempered, that's why he fell ill.
The peculiarity is the sixth. Sport is more important than textbooks.
Sports training in school is given, in fact, even more attention than other lessons. In the spring and in the autumn - swimming, in the winter - skis. And year round hiking.
In public schools, children from nine years old go on three-day trips with teachers, spend the night in tents, make fires, cook food in a bowler hat.In addition, a special bus takes them once a week for a three-hour walk to the forest or to the mountains, on foot in the spring and in the fall, and a ski one in the winter.
In addition, schoolchildren constantly participate in various marathons, charity races / swims / cycling races, listing contributions for participation in helping hungry children in Africa, then in distress from earthquake Nepal schoolchildren ..
By the way, sport is the only place where children are allowed to stand out. In all other respects - by no means. It is not shameful to brag only about sporting successes and records, but not the income, the car of the pope and where he spent his holidays.
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