Rina Mae Acosta

Rina Mae Acosta is the co-author of “The Happiest Kids in the World: Bringing Up Children the Dutch Way.” The English Edition is currently available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Lebanon.  The United States Edition and Dutch translation will be available in April 2017.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two sons. She writes about experiences and ideas that move her, particularly about motherhood, culture, and self-discovery. A storyteller at heart, she regularly shares her musings and observations on Finding Dutchland. She loves family walks in the woods, cozy meals with loved ones, and capturing everyday moments behind the lens.

Rina Mae holds a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Health Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Email  rinamae@gmail.com

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The Happiest Kids in the World - US Edition
The Happiest Kids in the World - UK Edition

“Clear and concise, with plenty of anecdotes for family life to illustrate the argument, this is one of the most convincing parenting books to come across my desk in the last year.”
The Sunday Times


“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!” Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2, Breakfast Show


“An eye-opening and badly-needed dose of perspective. In my next life, I want to be Dutch.”
Pamela Druckerman author of French Children Don’t Throw Food


“A fascinating book – one I wish I had read sooner! In fact, the more I read the more I became tempted to move our entire family to the Netherlands…”
Sarah Turner author of The Unmumsy Mum


“I would say all parents should read this book. But perhaps that’s just piling on unnecessary, Brit-style pressure. Maybe you should just go out for a bike ride with your kids in the rain then open the biscuits. Gezellig!”
The Daily Mail


“American parents exhausted by the pressures and expectations of parenting will appreciate this refreshing look at how another culture handles the same issues.”

Publishers Weekly