Parenting Teens in Denmark – 5 Things That Were Outside of My Box

WHEN PARENTAL ETHNOTHEORIES CLASH

How we are raised, the cultures we grow up in and where we are from impacts so many aspects of our lives. How we parent is a major one. Studies have been done on “parental ethnotheories” – those unseen cultural expectations, adaptations, and norms that shape our beliefs about the “right” ways to parent children. They become part of our own personal internal processes, so much so that we aren’t even aware. Unless that is, you remove yourself from that culture. You move away. There is no better way to question your own parenting systems and choices than to move to a foreign country.

Originally posted 2016, updated 2022
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Bicycles on the Fanø island beach and summer houses in the Dunes

Find Your Way to the Fantastisk Danish Island of Fanø

Just off the west coast of Denmark sits a little island full of nature, history and culture

In the dusky twilight hours of near Scandinavian midnight, we traverse the grassy dunes to the immense and wide open windswept beach beaming special UV lights. Flashy yellow-tinted goggles made of plastic protect our eyes and focus our hunt. Here, on the tiny Danish island of Fanø, lucky seekers might find bits of ancient amber washed up in the sand. With patience and perseverance, suddenly a bit of luck – a little speck gleams in the ultraviolet light. Jackpot! The tiniest fleck of the coveted gem. Our collected dust won’t bring in the big bucks as amber hunting is apparently much better in the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring or after a storm. But still, the late Danish sunshine and mild breezes blowing down the beach make the outing all the more fun come summer. Come to Fanø, she said. It’s fantastisk here. Especially this time of year.

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See Denmark’s Prettiest Spots on the Scenic Marguerite Route

Follow the iconic daisy signs for a scenic Danish road trip

With Denmark’s borders opening up to vaccinated travelers, it’s time to consider this small but mighty little Scandinavian country for your next trip. While you should always come to Copenhagen, she said, there is so much more to see outside the cute capital. Wondering where else to go? What better place to get some space than exploring outside the more crowded cities and into the Danish countryside. Consider a drive along the Margueritruten, or Marguerite Route, to tour some of Denmark’s most scenic back roads.

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Enjoy a Slice of Danish Summer Town Life in Adorable Ebeltoft Denmark

Explore this gem of the Djursland region

Find nature, culture, local food and fun on the east coast of Jutland

The Danes know how to savor summer. Those who have coped with even one long and dark Danish winter will understand why. Here in Scandinavia, you’ll find whole villages and towns dedicated to enjoying the long hours of that sweet summer life. Lovely little Ebeltoft, Denmark is just such a spot. Continue reading “Enjoy a Slice of Danish Summer Town Life in Adorable Ebeltoft Denmark”

Reasons to Beeline for a Blue Flag Beach

Sustainable Blue Flag beaches offer clean water and coastlines with safe access for all.

No matter where you live in Denmark, you are never further than 52 kilometers from the coast. And under Danish law, the entire span of that shore is open to the public. But which beaches are best? That might depend on what you are looking to do on your day out. Knowing that the spot you have picked has first aid facilities, stringent water testing policies, and protections for the local environment is a great place to begin. Look for the iconic blue flag flying to find just that sort of beach.

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