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.
Heidi Klum and Seal’s Kids 1 of 8German-born supermodel Heidi Klum, who got her citizenship in 2008 just so she could vote for President Barack Obama, says she feels at home in Los Angeles the same way she does in Germany. While she spends a lot of time in her native homeland filming "Germany's Next Top Model" her home and family life has been mostly based in California.
Original source via German Way
Robbie Williams 2 of 8Former British boy bander Robbie Williams, who is expecting his first child, is even excited over the fact that he might be raising a little girl in the States. And why? Because she'' kick butt here. He says: "Thinking about it I can play footie with a girl, too. We live in America and the girls are really frickin good out there. A couple of nights on my pitch at home we play co-ed. Some of the girls play for National teams. One of the girls batters me with her strength if it's a 50/50 ball, I'll let her have it."
Original source via Babble
Pamela Anderson 3 of 8Canadian-born Pamela Anderson also has no problems raising her kids in the States. She has even said that she became a U.S. citizen just so she could vote and allow her "to petition to bring my children's grandparents down to the United States to care for them once they become older."
Original source via People
Nicole Kidman 4 of 8While Nicole is technically an American citizen as she was born in Hawaii, she and her hubby Keith Urban were both raised in Australia. The couple, who raise their two daughters in Tennessee, say they feel so much better here than they do Down Under because they feel like they live in a "fishbowl" each time they visit Australia and are also heavily scrutinized by the Australian press. Well, it's not like they aren't scrutinized over here too, but to each their own, right?
Original source via TMZ
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault 5 of 8He is one of the richest men in France and she's one of the most recognizable actresses to come from Mexico. But when it comes to raising their only daughter Valentina, they do so here in the United States. I mean, where else is little Valentina going to be able to perfect three languages (English, French, and Spanish) than here in the United States?
Original source via Celebrity Gossip
The Beckham Family 6 of 8David and Victoria Beckham have made it no secret that they love America and they love raising their children here. They have said in the past that they "Love America, its culture and her people" and have felt very welcomed here with open arms. David has even said that his three boys love playing "soccer" here and have adapted well with American accents. In fact, the family recently turned down an offer to move to France because they didn't want to interrupt their children's lives at their schools in California.
Original source via Fox
Stephen Moyer 7 of 8I bet you didn't even know that "True Blood" hottie Stephen Moyer is actually a Brit, right? The actor, who is expecting a child with his co-star Anna Paquin, has no qualms when it comes to raising his children on this side of the pond. In fact, he loves America so much he's even taken up one of our favorite pastimes: baseball!
Original source via The Frisky
Simon Baker 8 of 8"The Mentalist" star Simon Baker decided to become an American citizen in 2009 right after President Obama was elected as President of our country. The Australian-born actor, who is raising three kids in the States, has said he would miss America too much if he ever leaved. "A few years ago, we went back to Australia," he said. "But after seven months there, I found I missed America and our friends here. Staying in Sydney would have been like conceding defeat."
Original source via Celebitchy
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