Raising children in a country like Canada ought to be easy. With so much expert parenting advice, you’d think we’d only need to choose a method and follow the instructions to turn out a highly functioning adult. Of course, we all know the process is far stickier.

Lately, we’ve been getting advice from all over. Amy Chua’s bestselling Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother explored the discipline-laced Chinese approach, and Pamela Druckerman investigated the French phenomenon of the well-behaved child in Bringing Up Bebe. In this multinational spirit, I would like to offer another foreign perspective on child rearing: the Italian way.


jeannie marshall

Globe and Mail Update