Japanese Children Self-Sufficient at a Remarkably Young Age by Western Standards. What Can We Learn from them?

Many western parents might be at first intrigued, and then likely appalled, at how independent Japanese children are encouraged to be. Kindergarten kids can routinely be seen walking alone, even in a big city like Tokyo. It’s not uncommon to see packs of elementary school-aged kids riding the train throughout the city. Contrast that image with the U.S. view that assumes every stranger is a potential kidnapper, and where parents have even faced criminal charges for letting their kids play a hundred feet from their house, or walk home from school.… Read the rest

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