- Children are guaranteed sleep
In 2013, the study of the Journal of European Development Psychology pointed out that Dutch children tend to laugh and like to cuddle more than American children.
According to the study, the gentleness of Dutch babies is partly because they get enough sleep and work at low intensity. While American parents often emphasize the importance of experience for young children.
On the other hand, Dutch parents also place the importance of adequate rest. Parents will not compromise on rest time. Only when the child gets enough sleep can parents get better rest.
Research has shown that the Dutch sleep the most in the world, averaging about 8 hours per night.
2. Children have plenty of time with their parents
Since 1996, the Dutch Government has always tried to ensure benefits for part-time employees and full-time employees, to help people balance work and life.
According to the OECD study of 2018, part-time culture is one of the reasons why people here are happier. With an average working time of 29 hours a week, the Netherlands has the shortest working week in the world.
Nearly half of adults in the Netherlands work part-time. 26.8% of men work less than 36 hours / week and 75% of women work part-time. Most Dutch fathers only work full time for four days. They spend at least one day a week to spend time with their children.
3. Children are not under pressure to study
In the Netherlands, children do not suffer from achievement. Education is not only a place to help children develop comprehensively physically and intellectually, but also a place that makes them feel happy.
There are two types of Dutch higher education qualifications: Research-oriented degrees, offered by universities; Career-oriented qualifications, offered by colleges. Students only need to pass the high school exam to enroll in most study programs.
Ruut Veenhoven, professor at Erasmus University (Rotterdam), said: “French and English schools often focus on achievement. But our research has shown that social skills are the tools that bring happiness. They are far more important than IQ.
4. Children are encouraged to express their own opinions
Children are free to express what they want, under the guidance of their parents.
Everyone in the family, including young children, has a voice. For example, when Julius was three, the boy developed full language skills to express what was important. After that, adults will teach you reasonable solutions.
Let your children say everything they think and want, sometimes making them tired. But that way, the Dutch taught them how to set their own boundaries. Along with that, the parents will also give the child advice, explain why should do so. As simple as why the child needs to sleep early? Because getting enough sleep will help them grow up as healthy as others.