Dutch children are the happiest kids in the world, according to an international survey. Dutch moms may be “the most relaxed mothers in the world,” writes Mihal Greener, who’s raising her family in the Netherlands.
The Dutch “aren’t encouraged to stand out or be different,” so parents don’t pressure their children to be exceptional, writes Greener.
Dutch primary schools rarely assign homework. Students get one free afternoon a week.
Part-time work is the norm for Dutch mothers, she writes. “By removing the worry of losing your identity to motherhood, or the stress of not being able to remember the last time you were home before 10 p.m., working part-time makes it that much easier to enjoy the time you have with your kids.”
I worked part-time till my daughter was eight years old. I loved it.