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Achtung Baby:An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children

Sara Zaske

When Sara Zaske moved to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she was surprised that German parents give their children much more freedom than Americans. In Berlin, children walk to school unsupervised in the second grade, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, use matches, and learn the facts of life at age seven. Was she doing the opposite of what she intended, which was to raise capable children? Why is parenting so different in the States? Zaske shares what the Germans know about raising kids with selbständigkeit (self-reliance).