NAF NorCal: Book presentation ‘The Happiest Kids in the World’

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Date(s) - 04/18/2017
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

SF Public Library - Bernal Heights


The Netherland-America Foundation of Northern California Chapter
and the San Francisco Public Library Bernal Heights invite you to

Book presentation

‘The Happiest Kids in the World’

A recent UNICEF study ranks Dutch children #1 in well-being. What are the Dutch doing that Americans can try here at home?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:15 – 8:00 pm


6:15 pm – Welcome
6:30 pm – 8pm Presentation and Q&A
Please join us for a drink at cafe The Holy Water afterwards

The book will be available for purchase.

Hosted by
San Francisco Public Library
Location Bernal Heights Library
500 Cortland street
San Francisco, 94110


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Limited seating, registration required

Would parents rather their children be successful or happy? Kids in the US face lots of pressure to excel—often at the expense of happiness. But does it have to be this way? Not in the Netherlands! In The Happiest Kids in the World, expats Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison—both married to Dutchmen and bringing up their kids in the Netherlands—examine the unique environment that enables the Dutch to turn out such well-adjusted, independent children. With heaps of good humor, and no shortage of amazement, the authors are delighted to find that:
– Babies get an average of 15 hours of sleep per day.
– Children learn bike safety and proficiency in school.
– Teenagers are less likely to get pregnant than their counterparts in almost every other nation, and…Parents really do serve chocolate sprinkles for breakfast!

Along the way, they discover that the most commonly strived-for grade is just passing (6 points out of 10), how to achieve the perfect work-life balance, and that being normal is crazy enough.

About the Speakers

Rina Mae Acosta is a writer from California currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two sons. She founded the successful parenting blog Finding Dutchland.

Michele Hutchison worked in publishing in Britain before moving to Amsterdam in 2004. She is now a prominent translator to Dutch literature and lives in a traditional Dutch house with her husband and two children.

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