For the Motherhood All over the world series, our first interview is by using American digital photographer Rebecca Zeller, who resides in Oslo together with her husband and three children. Here, she shares 10 stuff that have surprised her about raising kids in Norway…
Rebecca was raised in Cincinnati and met her Norwegian husband, Martin, once they were both studying abroad in France throughout college. After graduation, they gone to live in Oslo, Norwegian, for any year, so Martin could finish his thesis. “That newbie, I truly accepted the entire Norwegian way—loving winter, skiing mix country, travelling inside a remote cabin. I attempted to become Norwegian. We'd no kids—it would be a large adventure.”
Since that time, Martin’s job within the Norwegian Foreign Service has moved these to Seoul, Korea (where they'd their boy Jonas, 6), Northern Virginia (where they'd daughter Selma, 3), and lastly to Norwegian in March 2012. The pair welcomed their third child this month. Rebecca functions as a freelance digital photographer (you can observe her beautiful photos of households here).
“This time around, with kids, a few of the charm has worn out, ” Rebecca laughs. “It’s so cold and dark! But in lots of ways existence is good here. There’s security—the government provides a lot. Everybody will get a pension full-time child care is $350 per month, at most health care is essentially free. You do not even need to bother about having to pay for school! It require me to pay in enrollment costs to obtain a Masters in British.”
However the toughest adjustment, she describes, is the possible lack of variety. “There’s a feeling that there’s only one right method of doing things. And everybody will it this way. In The Usa you will find different raising a child styles—co-sleeping, attachment raising a child, etc. Here there's only one way, pretty much: all kids retire for the night at 7, all attend exactly the same type of preschool, all put on boots, all consume the same lunch…that’s the Norwegian way.”
On pregnancy: Nearly all women won't ever once see an obstetrician throughout their pregnancy. Just about everything is completed by midwives. Within the U.S., you typically visit a physician the moment you believe you may be pregnant. After I known as the midwife here, she explained to not are available in until I had been a minimum of 15 days. I acquired just one ultrasound. Whenever we resided in Korea, they did three dimensional ultrasounds every two days! Here, my midwife took in towards the baby having a lengthy wooden horn that they pushes against my belly. It type of freaked me out.
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