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- Hi, we're Joel and Lia.
- And today's video is all
about U.S.A vs U.K. parenting.

- So we're not parents, let's
just get that straight--

- In the U.K. or U.S.A.
- Or the U.S.A.
We found this article from The Insider,
and we just wanted to discuss it because
although we're not parents,
there's loads of things

about kids and stuff that we can vouch for
and say maybe isn't so true.
So we just to discuss it
and go through with it,

and we also are really
interested in your opinions

which we encourage you
to leave in the comments.

- Yes, so let's get crackin'.
- So the first one is to
do with maternity leave,

so when a woman has, when
a mother has a child,

in the U.K., she can
expect to get about 52

weeks of paid maternity leave.
So that means she can go and
look after her child at home

and still be paid a salary from work.
- For a full year to raise
the child, over that,

well for the first year of their life.
- And I believe that the
company get paid maternity leave

back from the government
or at least a percentage

of the money that they've spent
giving this employee the money to be away.
Whereas in the U.S., there's not.
- They are not guaranteed a single day
of maternity leave, well,
like paid maternity leave.

- [Together] which is crazy!
- And even the U.K. has
more maternity leave

than the rest of Europe,
apparently the rest of Europe
has 14 weeks maternity leave,

we have like, one of the
highest maternity leaves,

- which is crazy.
- 14 weeks.

That's not long, is it?
How many months can fit into 14 weeks?
- Four, eight, 12, so
- [Together] three and a half months
- and then that's it.
- That's it, you're either not being paid
or straight back to work.
- It's crazy, I mean,
- it is.

It's not something I've
thought about as a man

but now I've seen that in
this article, it's crazy.

- Yeah that is nuts, isn't it?
- So what do Americans do?
It says they're not guaranteed
a single day of maternity leave,
which means some people might get
lots of maternity leave,
but some people might not get any.
- So the second thing that's
sort of up for discussion

in this article, is
that apparently cursing

is more common in sort of, like
U.K. parenting compared
to like U.S. parenting.

And I don't know how
much I agree with this,

I think it completely
depends on the family.

- Yeah, oh definitely.
My parents didn't allow any swearing,
and they still don't,
even though we're adults.

(Lia laughs)
Like they don't stand for that at all,
but I know that that's
maybe more of my family,

but I don't know.
- Yeah, my godsister's children,
so she's like in her thirties,
and she accidentally swore, like,
in front of the kids, or her husband did,
and they were both, like, oh my gosh.
And then the child was in the car
and then said that word back out loud,
and they were both, like, oh my God.
- What have we done?
- It's mortifying

And they're scared that
the kid would say that

at school or something,
so, like, I don't know,
I think, Brits maybe

just laugh at it a bit more,
like that's really funny

but also a bit shocking.
- Well, I think in general,
our attitude to swearing
is a lot more relaxed

than in the U.S., I know
that's the stereotype anyway,

don't know if it's definitely true.
But I know it's always like,
"oh you Brits are so foul mouthed."
Like it is something that
Brits find swearing funny.

Not everyone, my mum doesn't find it funny
in the slightest, but most
Brits find swearing funny,

and they just think it's
part of who we are, I guess.

- Yeah, as a child, like, I
definitely did not swear at all.

Like if I was caught
swearing, I'd get a slap.

But yeah I don't, I can't
really remember what age

did that became like a okay,
she's saying the S word or something.
Completely depends on
the family, doesn't it?

- Yeah, so the next one is the fact
that it's not uncommon
to find kids in pubs

and that is something that,
normally pubs are divided.

I remember as a kid, you weren't
allowed in certain areas,

you weren't allowed at the bar,
but you were allowed still in the pub.
But the weird thing is,
Americans don't have pubs,

so why is this a thing?
- Pubs are so relaxed
and pubs are different vibe to a bar.
Of course, in America, you wouldn't just
take your kid to the bar.
But like, in the U.K., our
equivalent of that is the pub,

and kids are more than welcome there,
and it's kid-friendly atmosphere.
- Some pubs even have kids' play areas.
- Yeah, yeah.
- They've got
- It's sort of

- like a little creche.
- it's a family vibe.

- I just think it comes down to the
whole attitude towards alcohol anyway.
So, like, if an American is in the pub
or the bar three times a week,
then they might be
described as an alcoholic.

Whereas in the U.K.,
if someone's at the pub

three times a week they might
be described as sociable.

- Yeah that is true.
- You know what I mean?

So like the kids are there
anyway, you're there,

it's, people from your
town or people you know

from work and it's like, more of a
like a family get-together
that which so happens

to have alcohol involved.
- Which, I think, the stereotype
is that bars in America

maybe are filled with middle age men.
Whereas pubs are filled with families.
Like, there are some pubs that
have that stereotype as well,

being filled with middle aged men,
but it is more of a family vibe
so it wouldn't be weird to bring
your child to a pub in the U.K..
- It's just not out of the ordinary,
like if you walked into a
pub and saw families there

and children running around, it's,
and maybe dogs as well,
depends on the pub really,

loads of pubs are dog-friendly.
- So the next one is about child proofing,
not sure if we agree with this one,
but then we don't have kids, so not sure.
But it says that the
U.S. is a lot more intent

and safety-conscious
when it comes to kids,

they child proof their homes
like there's no tomorrow

'cause they don't want their
child to even get a scratch.

Whereas in the U.K., it
says they're more relaxed

and they see, like, falling
over and getting scratched

is just being character-building.
- In a way, I do know British families
that are like say that their kid like
falls over or has injured themselves
they're just like, well
it's just a little scratch.

Like or I've heard of stories, like
"oh, one time that I fell on my head,
"and my mum didn't take me to A and E,
"accident and emergency hospital,
"'cause she was just,
like, yeah, I'll be fine."

And which, I thought it was hilarious
'cause my family is complete opposite,
like, everything was like,
"Ah, what's the matter
dear, everything okay?"

Like, very much, kind of,
like, there'll be things

on the corners of stuff
so I didn't bang my head,

and there'd be baby gates.
- I can't even remember anything
about my childhood really,

I definitely can't
remember whether there was

- child proofing anywhere.
- Child proofing.

So next one is about summer
holidays or summer vacations.

So kids in the U.S. tend
to get longer holidays,

apparently you guys get, like,
12 weeks holidays in the summer,
- What a dream.
- but less interspersed
the rest of the year.

Whereas we get six weeks for holiday,
which to us, is, like, amazing,
but then we get lots
more different holidays

throughout the year, like a
week here, two weeks there--

- Easter holidays, half
term, things like that.

But when you hear about
American summer vacations,

and they seem to be off for forever.
- ages, yeah.
- We're just, like, uh,
what you're doing, like,

when did they break up, when
did they go back to school?

Yeah, in the U.K. it's much shorter,
but as Joel said, we'd get,
like maybe two weeks off

at Easter, and also it
completely depends on

whether the school is public or private.
Often private schools get
given more holiday, so.

So the next one's to do with baby showers,
which is a completely, sort of, new thing
that's just started coming
over here from the U.S.

We never used to have baby showers,
however, in the last year,
I've been invited to three baby showers,
- I'm so sorry.
- and I've attended two of them
and brought presents for all of them.
- Must be awful.
- It's an extra added expense,
so we tend to not do it,

it's completely taken from the U.S.
So when you have a party
before the baby's born.

- Well, they know,
they're Americans, yeah.

- For anyone who doesn't
know, it's madness.

- Well, it's just,
like, we keep doing that

with proms, with all
these different things

that are coming over from the U.S.
that we're now adopting as our own,
it's just another U.S. import, basically.
Black Friday that we now do,
and now it's baby showers,
but I can't think of anything worse,
but luckily it's mainly a female thing.
So I probably will
never have to go to one.

- You won't; I'd invite
you to one if I did one,

I'd invite you
- and I'd turn it down,

but no, for you I wouldn't (laughs).
- Oh Joel!
- No, I wouldn't for your kids, obviously.
- Obviously, the godfather
couldn't be here today,

unfortunately, sorry.
- Unfortunately, he couldn't be
- [Together] Bothered
- He's drinking Prosecco
- Prosecco

- I'm kidding.
Next one is to do with midwives.
So, after you've given birth in the U.K.,
About 10 days later, your
midwife will come to your house,

and it's meant to be, to sort
of check that you're okay,

sort of like with the baby
and how things are going.

My mom told me, the
midwives like to come over,

check the house, she's like,
yeah, they like to come over,
check the house is clean,

and in order, and check
that you're, you know,

that the baby is in an okay state,
that you've not brought
it back to a sort of

chaotic, unclean home.
- I didn't know that.

- So, this is provided through the NHS.
This is a free service.
And check out our video in the cards,
all about the NHS, which is
a free healthcare service

which is available to
everybody in the U.K.

It's not free; the
taxpayer, we all pay for it,

and we all use it over
the course of our lives,

whether we see a doctor, dentist,
accident and emergency,
emergency services.

So, yeah, midwives will
come to your house,

whereas in the U.S., it costs
a lot of money to have a baby.

It can cost like thousands of pounds,
whereas over here, it's just all covered.
- So another thing is that childcare
is slightly cheaper in the U.S.
I've heard from lots
of you guys in comments

that childcare is still quite
expensive where you are,

but trust me, it's more
expensive in the U.K.

I think for that reason.
Do people send their kids
to nursery a bit more?

Like if you had someone in your home
looking after your kids,
that would be like a nanny,

so expensive, like astronomical.
- People would spend
nearly half of their wage

to afford that, so often
we'll rely on family friends,

yeah, family.
- That's probably why
it's a good idea that

we've got 52 weeks of
maternity leave every year,

'cause then it sort of is
the downside of that is

then childcare is very expensive.
So the last one is that British kids
don't open their birthday
presents at the party

in front of all the friends
that have bought the presents for them.
They tend to collect them
all, keep them there,

or take them home, depending
on where their party is,

and then open then, in private,
in the privacy of their own home.
- Yeah, so if you're a parent,
and you've thrown a party
for your young child,

and all your friends' children
and the child's friends

will come to the party,
and often you just go,

"where shall I put the present?"
and it just goes off on a
little table in the corner.

It's not unusual at all
that we'll never see

the child open those presents,
however, we would probably
get like a thank you message

or a card the next day.
- Oh yeah, you'd expect a thank you card.
- You'd expect a thank you card
or at least a phone call or
something to say thank you.

Whereas in the U.S.,
according to The Insider,

it's kind of more of a
tradition to watch the

child open their presents.
- Yeah, it's interesting, which I'd hate,
because I hate opening
presents in front of people.

- I know, it's awkward, isn't it.
- Yeah, I think everyone does.
- 'Cause you're able to do the
like "Aw, thank you so much!"

- Thanks for watching, guys.
That was the differences between
the U.S. and U.K. parenting.
I don't know why we always sum
up with what the video was,

'cause people watching are like, "I know."
- People watched it,
they know what it was.

If you can think of any more differences,
then write them in the comments.
This video inspiration's
been taken from an article

from the This Is Insider.
We like to take articles and discuss them,
throw in our own opinions, see
what you guys think as well.

Please keep sending us these.
We're really grateful to you
people that email us these,

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