A beautiful message for parents all over the world

So many of us don’t realise how much we are affected by our culture. How the cultural glasses we wear correct our vision on the world. The things we think and do, the expectations we have about life and especially the way we parent are all shaped by our upbringing and our culture. These beliefs are so engrained in us that it is almost impossible to see them objectively.

But what if we could? What if we could change our cultural glasses for a moment and see our world from another perspective?

The beautiful truth is: parenting is a verb that connects us all. It connects us across languages and borders, oceans and deserts, poverty and richness. All of us are bound together by the profound desire to raise our children in the best possible way. There are so many ways. There is not only our way.

Thus, crossing the globe and looking into the parenting practices of one of the happiest countries in the world is powerful. Wherever you are from- we ask you to try to remove your cultural glasses for a moment. It won’t be easy, but please try. And then we invite you to put on a “Danish brand” of glasses and look again at the world. What do you think could be better?

We are convinced that by implementing even one idea from the Danish Way: parents, children and non-parents alike can be happier.


Jessica Joelle Alexander

Jessica Joelle Alexander is a bestselling author, Danish parenting expert, columnist, speaker, and cultural researcher. Her work has been featured in TIME, The Atlantic, Salon, NPR, Huffington Post, NY Times and many more. She is the author of 3 books, gives talks and workshops globally, and researches and writes for UC Berkeley's Towards Belonging Institute

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