What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this documentary -- which features four families from different parts of the world -- holds large appeal for both parents and children alike. There are no subtitles and several different languages spoken, but the universal messages of family and childrearing come through easily. Some families portrayed come from countries where nudity is commonplace (Namibia, specifically), and there are scenes of mothers breastfeeding children, but the images are placed in their social contexts. The movie offers a way for kids to learn about what it's like to grow up elsewhere in the planet, and to acknowledge differences as well as similarities.

  • Families can talk about how babies are raised in different countries: Are there any similarities among the four portrayed here? What are the main differences? Why do you think the filmmakers decided to make this movie?
  • What can we learn from the way babies live in different parts of the world? Did you find yourself making judgements about unfamiliar childrearing practices? Why or why not? Do you think the filmmakers presented the four families objectively -- or was there a bias?
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