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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rina Mae Acosta, Michele Hutchison Narrator: Henrietta Meire, Karen White Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781538429662
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The secret to raising the happiest kids in the world? Whatever it is, it’s somewhere in the Netherlands.

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 fifteen 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—six points out of ten—how to achieve the perfect work-life balance, and that being normal is crazy enough.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An eye-opening and badly-needed dose of perspective. In my next life, I want to be Dutch.”

    Pamela Druckerman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I’m done having babies, but this book made me (almost) want to have one more, just so I can raise it the Dutch way!”

    Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Stressing less and relaxing more as the recipe for happy children? It might be time we all ‘go Dutch.’”


  • “Clear and concise…This is one of the most convincing parenting books to come across my desk in the last year.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “The key to raising happy kids?..Do as the Dutch do.”

    Washington Post

  • “American parents exhausted by the pressures and expectations of parenting will appreciate this refreshing look at how another culture handles the same issues.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Respective sections alternate between American narrator Karen White and British narrator Henrietta Meire, a production choice that helps to clearly delineate each author’s perceptions…Narrators Meire and White both deliver clear and engaging performances, letting the authors’ interesting observations about Dutch culture speak for themselves.”


  • “A fascinating book—one I wish I had read sooner! In fact, the more I read the more I became tempted to move our entire family to the Netherlands.”

    Sarah Turner, author of The Unmumsy Mum

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About the Author

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

About the Narrators

Henrietta Meire is a full-time voice-over artist and actress. In addition to narrating audiobooks, she has voiced numerous commercial and charity campaigns, as well as video game and animation characters. As an actress, she has appeared on stage, on television, and in a number of popular films.

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.