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One Author Claims That Swedish Parenting Raises Brats

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If you look at kids in America today, would you say that they're spoiled? There is one country that some experts say is raising the biggest brats, and it's not America.

David Eberhard, the author of "How Children Took Power" says that Sweden has taken its ban on smacking children and extended it to a ban on correcting their kids in anyway. He says that the lines are blurred between the parent and the child.

Furthermore, in Sweden, they tend to decide everything in families, like when to go to bed, when to eat, where to go on vacation and what to watch on TV.

Eberhard says that while you should listen to your child, the constant permissive approach of the Swedes leaves them ill-equipped for the real world. Professor Hugo Lagercrantz, a professor of pediatrics at Karolinska University Hospital agrees. He thinks that Swedish parents should act like parents and not try to be so democratic all the time.

However, other psychologists disagree with Eberhard. Martin Forster, a family therapist says that it's a matter of culture, and it works in Sweden. Another psychologist, Kajsa Loenn-Rhodin argues that the best way to get a child to cooperate in the parenting is to have a close relationship with the child, and the Swedish way gets that part done. In addition, Lagercrantz also sees an upside to the Swedish approach. He said that the Swedish way of raising outspoken kids have led to multinational corporations like H&M and Ikea, which are known for very few layers of middle management.

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