Children from other cultuires

I recently read a story about a little girl who disappeared in China. The story was sad because the family missed their daughter, but at the same time it was intriguing. This little girl was about three years old, and her job was to walk to the market every day to buy something for the family. She walked and shopped BY HERSELF! Here in the States, some three-year-olds are still in diapers and drinking out of sippy cups, and moms never let them out of sight! Why do you think other children are so much more mature? Is it the culture? Upbringing? Expectation? A natural diet?

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    04/24/14
    There are definitely higher expectations in other countries. Both of my parents were born in Italy. Over there and in many countries, after school you either learn a trade or join the military. There is no "I'm going to just hang out in my parent's house and have babies". I envy other places for some of those reasons. A 3 year old going to market may seem extreme to some.. I think some of the things our kids get away with would be extreme to other cultures as well.
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    04/24/14
    A few years ago, a woman who had adopted a little boy from Russia returned him, saying that the orphanage had withheld some info from her. (She said the boy was uncontrollable.) Below the article, I read a comment from somebody who had been adopted from a foreign country. He said he had a huge adjustment when he came over here because his adoptive mother wouldn't let him out of her sight. He said that in his native country, it wasn't uncommon to see 3-year-olds walking around downtown without an adult at 11:00 at night.
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      04/24/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I think that is incredible and didn't know that about China. I'd have a hard time sending my three year old any where! He's so friendly he'd go with anyone and doesn't even get the concept of stranger or danger. We are still working with him.
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