Spanish Mom Rants About American Motherhood

She explains why American parents may feel more isolated and bored.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
April 4, 2023

Mom of two, Ana Gildersleeve, recently went viral for her TikTok video where she explains the major differences between parenting styles in the U.S. versus Spain.

She explains that American parents tend to be more isolated and revolve their lives around their kids, while Spanish parents have their children adapt to their schedule. Gildersleeve also explains that in the U.S., bedtimes are earlier, playdates are usually scheduled weeks in advance, and social activities are limited to weekends. In Spain, children are taken to the playground after school, parents can enjoy a latte or glass of wine while their kids play, and social events happen throughout the week. She also notes that many Americans don't have a "village" of family members and that some moms lose their spark when they become moms.

Gildersleeve's video has sparked discussion around the world about parenting styles and cultural differences. Though there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of "who does it right," it is clear that other cultures have implemented ways to make life easier for parents that America has yet to adopt.

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