Are you an Israeli mama at heart? You might be and not even know it!
Sure, I’ve been parenting for 21 years (OMG!). But I’m still learning when it comes to raising kids here in Israel. Some of the lessons are harder than others to absorb, but here are 7 things that I have learned so far by watching the Israeli mamas around me.
Some of these might even help other mamas, outside of Israel, become better, more capable, kid-friendly parents. Maybe you’re already an Israeli mama?
1) Kids are outside
Israeli apartments are SMALL. That means the best place to play is outside. Smart Israeli mamas send their kids outside the second they get home from school, almost year round.
Just about every neighbourhood I've seen in this country has a decent playground, and most are far better than decent. Playgrounds here are simply more fun, and provide better activities for a wider range of ages.
In the summer, when outside can be dangerously hot all day long, kids play at night, often ridiculously late into the night. I call them the "Vampire Children," but everybody here seems to think it's normal, simply because kids belong outside.
2) Kids do real work
From running to the makolet (convenience store) to buy milk and flour to taking care of younger siblings, Israeli parents expect their kids to do real work just as a matter of course.