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Australian Moms Versus American Moms: 12 Ways They're Different

Moms on opposite sides of the world can be so similar yet so different.

It is always amazing to visit other countries, to go and explore and learn all about the similarities and differences. To learn about different cultures, languages and just how life is lived in a place we may not understand. The United States of America and Australia seem to be opposites of each other. They could not be further apart from each other, almost on opposite sides of the world. A flight to Australia is already about 24 hours, with the time change being a day ahead of the time we are used too on this side of the world.

They also seem to be complete opposite to North America. They drive on the left side of the road, the speak ‘funny’ and when it is winter here it is summer there. It seems like this magical world that we will never understand. While we understand that they are different in a lot of ways, we assume that being a mother means the same no matter what country you live in or what language you speak.

That may be true when it comes to the fact that mothers love their children, doesn’t matter what race, religion or culture they are from. We all love our children, but the way we raise them is completely different. It would make sense that parenting styles would be different, we all come from different cultural backgrounds, with each having their own view on what is acceptable and safe. So, just how different is it to be a mother in Australia vs. America? Let’s find out! These may not be true for every mom in either country, but they are general ideals that we have found.

12 The Cost Of Motherhood

Raising a baby is a lot of money. They are not cheap, and even if you try and cut corners to save some money there will always be purchases that you need to make. When your baby gets a bit older and starts to eat actual food, the cost can go up even more as our grocery bill expands. So, which country is cheaper to live in when raising a child? I’ll give you a minute to guess.

It turns out that America wins this battle. When looking at the world's top 6 most expensive cities to live in, Sydney and Melbourne are both in that number. By comparison, New York was number 26 on the list, and we know that New York is not cheap by any means. The cost of living in Australia is extremely high.

11 How They Make Mom Friends

When you become a mom, it is important to make mom friends. Sometimes, a new mom can become isolated, especially if her old friends do not have children. It seems like the two of you have nothing in common anymore, and moms can become quite isolated at home with no one to talk too but their infant. Therefore, it is so important to make mom friends when you have a new baby. So, how is making mom friends different in America vs. Australia?

Apparently, making mom friends in Australia is a lot easier than making mom friends in America. When trying to make mom friends in America, a lot of people are met with either people who stay to themselves, or moms who tend to judge other moms for how they choose to raise their children. Making mom friends in Australia is a lot easier, because there is a weird sense of community among moms, and they realize that they are all in it together.

10 Sleep Training; How Do They Do It?

Sleep is precious, any new mom knows that. You take it any chance you can get it and you savour every moment. There are a lot of moms out in the world who rely on some form of sleep training when it comes to helping their little ones sleep longer at night. American moms tend to do the traditional ways, they do some research online and either proceed with a cry it out method or a gentler approach.

Australian moms do sleep training a bit differently. Australia has government-subsidized programs that help parents teach their babies to sleep. They are called sleep camps. The sleep camps are normally located in a hospital and are run by nurses. Moms tend to go when their babies are around 6 – 7 months of age. You spend five days and nights there, and the nurses help put you and baby on a strict schedule. It really is a fascinating thing.

9 When Is The Best Time To Be Pregnant?

Whenever we think about going to a different country, whether to visit or live, we always take into consideration the climate. Climate is also very important when you are thinking of becoming pregnant. If we look at the two main seasons; summer and winter, they both have their pros and cons. Being pregnant in the winter means that you have to bundle up, which is a lot more difficult to do when you are carrying a baby. The summer brings its own issue, the humid and hot temperatures can make it very uncomfortable.

Australia and American weather is reversed; when it is winter in America, it is summer in Australia. January and February may be the coldest months for a lot of the American states, they are the two hottest states down under. Temperatures can reach 95F on a good day, so no one wants to be pregnant in those months in Australia, because they are also not big fans of air conditioning.

8 Child Safety Is Very Different

We all want our children to be safe, and we do whatever we can to make sure that their health and well-being is our number one priority. The thing is that every country has different guidelines and laws regarding certain items that are safe and legal for use with children. The laws are different because the country is different, and each country has their own individual threats to safety.

In Australia, car seat safety is mandatory, and they have a much heavier system on how they must strap their child in. They have an extra seatbelt that needs to go across the top of the car seat. They also have strict rules for children who are playing outside. The sun gets very strong in Australia, so the school uniforms that include sun hats. They follow the rule that if they do not have a hat, they can not play very strictly. It turns out that Australia is the stricter country to be raising children.

7 On The Playground

A major flaw with parenting in America, is that a lot of parents rely on technology with their children. It is seen as just the way life, and children are often watching TV, playing on tablets or involved in some video game. Parents have often come under fire for not forcing their children to play outside more. Gone seem to be the days of playing at the playground getting muddy and dirty.

Australia hold this to high esteem. It is almost as if playing outside is mandatory for children. Even in their winter season, the weather is pretty mild in Australia, so the children are often playing outside at parks, having fun on swings and slides. A fun fact is that the Australians call slides “slippery dips.” It all comes down to different cultures. The culture of sports and activities is very strong in Australia, so that is how they are raising their children.

6 Let’s Talk About Nutrition

The immediate assumption is going to be that food for children in America has to be worse than Australia. There is always criticism on the amount of fast and processed food that the children of America eat. While Australians do not eat as much fast food as Americans do, their diets are still full of items that can clog arteries. They are a country that loves their meat and they eat a lot of it.

Seems like America and Australia have one thing in common after all. Australia does grow a lot of their own fruit and vegetables and that is again due to the climate. They are able to grow avocados and passionfruit, which means that this is all easily accessible. It is certainly easier to eat these foods when you just have to go in your back yard and pick them off a tree instead of remembering to get them at the grocery store.

5 What About Working Moms?

What is life like for working mothers? Those moms who go out to work, and then come home to tend to the house and spend time with their children. Who do you think has it easier? Well, the answer is (probably) Australia. In America, each workplace is different, so there may be moms who are able to balance work and home a lot better than others. However, in Australia, they have country-wide guidelines that apply specifically to the workplace.

In Australia, they get a minimum of 4 weeks paid vacation a year. This is something that is unheard of in America. It is also socially acceptable to take a sick day off work when you are not really sick. That’s right, it is common and completely OK to take a sick day for the sole purpose of having a day off.

4 Even How They Clean Their Clothes Are Different

In America and the rest of North America, we are used to life with modern technology. We have machines to wash our clothes, dry our clothes and wash our dishes. We now even have these little robots who will vacuum our floors for us. It is wonderful, but it may have made us all a little lazy.

I am not implying that Australians do not have these novelties, because they absolutely do, they just don’t use them. It is very rare that an Australian family would ever use their clothes dryer. They have them in their homes, but they are not often turned on. Due to the weather being so nice and dry (a lot of the times) they just hang their clothes outside to dry. This almost seems foreign to a lot of American moms who don’t have time for that and would rather their clothes dry a lot faster.

3 Which Country Just “Lets Life Happen”?

There are two very distinct categories that these countries could land in. One of them is more uptight and run on routine, while the other is more laid back and go with the flow. It is probably not hard to decided which is which. America is a rushed country, everyone always seems in a rush and they get easily stressed when things do not go the way they were planned. Which is a nightmare when you have children. Australians are a bit more laid back in terms of letting life just happen and going with the flow.

There has always been a stereotype that Australians are laid back and relaxed. That they don’t really worry too much about things and take things as they come. Turns out some stereotypes are true, because that is exactly how they live. Seems like a much healthier environment to raise children in.

2 Motherhood And Religion

Religion is never a topic that a lot of people want to talk about. It is seen as a taboo topic that should never be talked about, same with politics. The observation between the relationship of people and religion seems to be vastly different in the two countries, and this could be good or bad for you dependant on your individual stand.

America is noticeably more religious than Australia. The percentage is higher in America for those who are part of an organized religion versus those who either don’t state they are part of any religion. You also notice more people in the streets talking about religion in attempts to get someone to ‘convert.’ This just doesn’t happen in Australia, or at least not as often. Moms in America are taking their children to church at a much higher rate than in Australia. Does it matter? Well, it depends on what your opinion is on religion.

1 What About Health Care?

Health care is one of the most talked about topics in politics in America. There is an obvious and shocking thought that the health care system in America is awful considering they are one of the richest countries in the world. If a mother is without medical insurance, she can find herself in some pretty heavy debt if her child ever gets seriously ill. It would be safe to assume that health care is better in Australia, right?

It definitely is better in Australia. Health care is seen as a fundamental right when you are in Australia, and new members of the country are included in this as well. One mom who moved from the US to Australia mentioned that within a week of her being there she had her Medicare card and was able to access universal health care immediately. Medicare in Australia does not cover everything, but it sure does prevent you from going into debt if you get sick.

Sources: quora.com, rcg.org, mydomain.com, cupofjo.com

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