There\u2019s nothing like travelling to another country to make you see how universal the job parenting is. On a recent visit to Japan, this realization struck both my husband and me on several occasions. For example, as we\u00a0walked through Kyoto station,\u00a0I saw a mother carrying her toddler\u00a0who\u00a0decided to place his ball cap on his mother\u2019s head. The result was cumbersome and awkward as the mother attempted to balance the ill-fitting hat with one hand, and carry the child with the other. (Both of the child\u2019s hands were free to play with his mother\u2019s hair, which I\u2019m sure she found lovely). I\u00a0also\u00a0joined little groups on subways cooing over a sleeping infant, (a scene\u00a0universally adored), and commiserated with a\u00a0father trying\u00a0to maneuver a stroller around the sharp turn of a garden path.\u00a0The best example of the link between all moms and dads was demonstrated by my\u00a0husband, however,\u00a0who\u00a0was involved in a little\u00a0transcontinental parental mindreading. We were visiting a garden in the mountains just north of Tokyo. After stepping over\u00a0the threshold into a smaller greenhouse,\u00a0my husband caught the eye of a man, about our age, quickly scanning the room. Without missing a beat, my husband raised his hand and pointed through the door to the greenhouse. The man hurried around the flowers and out the door, saying \u201cArigato go-zai-mas!\u201d (\u201cThank you very much!\u201d)\u00a0as he\u00a0went by. \u201cWhat was that?\u201d I asked. \u201cOh, that guy is looking for his child\u00a0and I just saw the boy\u00a0walk outside.\u201d Ah yes, that\u2019s right.\u00a0It was\u00a0the classic face of a parent who realizes he\u2019s lost sight of his child while in a public place. Without using any words, my husband\u00a0could intervene,\u00a0father-to-father. With this I realized\u00a0that\u00a0\u201cTeam Parent\u201d \u2013 the\u00a0amorphous and yet utterly committed body of people tasked with caring for little ones \u2013 is\u00a0strong worldwide.