Do you remember your childhood well? What were your parents like? All around the world, different cultures have different parenting habits. Some of these might seem pretty unusual.
In Japan, kids as young as four years old are allowed to go out by themselves. Obviously not all Japanese parents allow their four-year-olds to go out into public alone, but some of them do, and parents in the West would consider this unacceptable.
In the Polynesian Islands, children take care of younger children. Once a child is able to walk, that child’s parents will ask him or her to look after the younger kids. If parents in the US did this, people might think that the kids were being neglected.
In Norway, parents send their kids to Barnehage. Barnehage, which means “children’s garden” in Norwegian, is a kind of daycare that’s funded by the state. Young kids there play outside for long periods of time, even in very cold weather.
Children are allowed to eat and drink what adults do in France. Parents might give their kids grown-up food like foie gras (duck liver) or let them have sips of wine. Giving children wine would likely be looked down uponby many parents in the US.
Parenting styles differ around the world, and what’s normal in one country may not be normal in another.
1. habit (n) a settled or regular tendency or practice 習慣
What’s your worst habit?
2. unacceptable (adj.) not acceptable 不可接受的
Professor Squiggle told them that their child’s behavior was unacceptable.
3. neglect (v) to fail to care for properly 忽視，忽略
This dog has been neglected. It’s so skinny.
4. daycare (n) daytime care for children 日托
Mr. and Mrs. Goof dropped their kids off at daycare.
5. fund (v) to provide with money for a particular purpose 資金
This agency is funded by the government.
6. grown-up (adj.) for adults 成人的
The little boy wanted to wear grown-up clothes.
Phrases and Sentence Patterns句型解析
1. look after (phrasal verb) take care of 照顧，照料
Would you mind looking after Clancy while we’re on vacation?
2. a kind of (phrase) something resembling 某一種
It looks like a kind of dog, but I’m not sure what it is.
3. period of time (noun phrase) an amount of time （一段）時間，期間
After a short period of time, Cameron came back.
4. look down on/upon (phrasal verb) regard (someone) with a feeling of superiority 看輕，輕視
Don’t look down on homeless people!