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  • How to Raise a Viking

  • The Secrets of Parenting the World’s Happiest Children
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Helen Russell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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By: Helen Russell
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Summary

'Helen has a way to take big ideas and convey them with warmth and wisdom' Dr Rangan Chatterjee

'Enlightening and entertaining’ Helen Thorn

'Ditch all the other parenting books' Matt Rudd

'Witty and informative' Meik Wiking

After a decade of living in Denmark and raising a family there, Helen Russell noticed that Nordic children are different. They eat differently. They learn differently. They run, jump and climb out in nature for hours a day, even though the weather is terrible and it's dark October to March. And then they grow up to be some of the happiest adults on the planet. Her question was: how?

In How to Raise a Viking, Russell takes a deep dive into the parenting culture of Denmark and the other Nordic nations, from parental leave policies to school structure, screen time, and the surprising customs that lead to happy, well-adjusted humans. This fascinating peek behind the cultural curtain allows readers a glimpse of another world, where babies sleep outside in their prams up to -20°C and pre-schoolers wield axes.

Refreshingly funny and unfailingly optimistic about the new generation of humans growing up in the world right now, this is a heart-warming love letter to Russell’s adopted homeland and proof that we could all use a bit more Viking in our lives.

©2024 Helen Russell (P)2024 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Not just for parents, but for everyone.

Another grate book about new perspectives on modern life. The perspective from a non-Dane, giving an outsiders view on nordic living and rearing children -and mor importantly why it works is inspired and inspiring.

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Loved it. Here’s to living like a Viking!

Such an easy listen, with many encouraging traditions and mindsets that I hope our family will enjoy.

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Entertaining and informative

Helen Russell is very charming and full of fun. There are lessons to be learnt. Overload of figures at times.

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Awesome info and fabulous listening

Loved it all, funny, informative and takes you on a fabulous journey of childhood and life in Denmark - highly recommend.

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Thought provoking and positive.

Positive and practical but also hilarious in parts. Really made me hopeful and aspirational for a new way of parenting and a new society

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