Cultural differences, American vs Italian kids ~ Romancing Italy

Mar 10, 2009

Cultural differences, American vs Italian kids

How true! A list of differences between American kids compared to Italian kids... I had to laugh because I think many if not all of these are true. What do you think?!!!

Thanks to my friend Wilma for sending this to me. The email had "kids" as the comparison but I think these traits continue for a lifetime. I for one am witness to the 3 days of food, the pruning, planting, the long 'lets hang together for hours' meals...heck...the entire foody thing.

Here's the American kids vs. Italian kids list:

: Move out when they're 18 with the full support of their parents.
: Move out when they're 28, having saved enough money for a house, and are two weeks away from getting married.....unless there's room in the basement for the newlyweds.

: When their Mom visits them, she brings a Bundt cake, and you sip coffee and chat.
: When their Mom visits them, she brings 3 days worth of food, begins to tidy up, dust, do the laundry, and rearrange the furniture.

: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them, and it's usually only on special occasions.
: Are not at all fazed when their dads show up, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00, and starts pruning the fruit trees. If there are no fruit trees, he'll plant some.

: Always pay retail, and look in the Yellow Pages when they need to have something done.
: Call their dad or uncle, and ask for another dad's or uncle's phone number to get it done.

: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get only cake and coffee. No more.
: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get antipasto, wine, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, a cannoli, fruit, espresso, and a few after dinner drinks.

: Will greet you with 'Hello' or 'Hi'.
: Will give you a big hug, a kiss on your cheek, and a pat on your back.

: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
: Call your parents Mom and Dad.

: Have never seen you cry.
: Cry with you.

: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, and just being together...

: Know few things about you.
: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.


: Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft mushy white bread.
: Eat Genoa Salami and Provolone sandwiches on crusty Italian bread (for breakfast).

: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing
: Will kick the whole crowds' ass who left you behind.


: Think that being Italian is cool.
: Know that being Italian is cool.



  1. Great post--especially for someone like me who spent their teen years as an American living in Italy! For our prom memory book, we made a similar thing about prom in America vs. prom in Italy (not that they actually have prom, but pointing out differences like driving to prom vs. taking the bus)...

  2. lol, thanks for adding this car/bus difference. I've noticed that people here (well men in general) are fascinated with American cars...or at least the size.

  3. cool post!
    the americans call their mum and dad as mr and mrs something? sometimes they call by their first name as well right?

  4. If one generation is so dependent on their parents and waits longer to get married, eventually the younger generation will run out of able body parents to accept gifts from.

  5. To be more accurate, Nurinkhairi, when american kids address the parents of their friends, they usually refer to them as Mr. or Mrs. blah blah blah, to be polite. And you are right, I have several friends who call address their own parents by their names instead of mom or dad. Very strange to me though.

  6. Weight Loss Diet, good point....and with the culture changing, maybe there won't even be a younger generation...

  7. Whoops! I guess I took it wrongly when I read it. I thought it meant to say 'call their own parents as Mr and Mrs Something' , now I understand that it meant to say call your FRIENDS' parents! LoL!


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