There’s been a lot of talk lately about how America might not rank as the best place to raise our kids. And while I agree that there is much improvement needed when it comes to getting mothers paid and extended maternity leave and work on getting more of our children exclusively breastfed during the first few months of their lives, let’s not totally knock our mothers in red, white and blue. There are plenty of reasons why America is a GREAT country to raise your children and here’s why.
Sure, while our kids might not be the best when it comes to their math and science scores (compared to other developed and economically advanced nations), our children are raised in a culturally diverse country where creative expression and free speech is not only encouraged, but heavily promoted as well.
And let’s face it: we have a rather creative, highly innovative population here in this country and we create more patents than any country in the world. And yes, while there are things we need to work on (like spending more time with our daughters on their math homework), our diversity and willingness to open up to new people and new experiences is what makes us strong. And if you ask me, that’s the one-up advantage we have over many other countries who while might be a little more mother-and-child friendly, don’t have that opportunity to raise their kids in such cultural melting pots and have them learn so much about other languages, cultures, and people without ever leaving the country. Yeah, and we admit to our mistakes, too and are willing to improve on them (so there, France!).
Check out our photo gallery of foreign-born celebrities who have chosen to raise their kids in America. Sure, with their wealth and fame they could choose to have their children educated anywhere in the world (like Johnny Depp, who is raising his kids in the south of France or Gwyneth Paltrow who has her kids in the British school system), but like many parents who have the choice, have decided to raise their kids in this wonderful country of ours. Sure their motives might be a little different than yours or mine, but that doesn’t deflect from the fact that America is a great place for children to grow into talented, creative and innovative adults who help shape and change our world.
Photos via PacificCoastNews.com