Interesting title, eh?
How French Parents Raise Better Kids by Terryorisms
- Children should say hello, goodbye, thank you and please. It helps them to learn that they aren’t the only ones with feelings and needs.
- When they misbehave, give them the “big eyes”—a stern look of admonishment.
- Allow only one snack a day. In France, it’s at 4 or 4:30.
- Remind them (and yourself) who’s the boss. French parents say, “It’s me who decides.”
- Don’t be afraid to say “no.” Kids have to learn how to cope with some frustration.
This was a very interesting and informative article I stumbled upon this afternoon.
I am Parisian French so my point of view will probably differ from yours if you are from North America or other parts of the world.
I wouldn’t say that French parents raise better kids. In fact, I don’t think there is one good approach at parenting but I do believe that French people are less children-oriented than their fellow British, American and Canadian peers.
I can relate to some of the things talked about in the article but I think it is good to keep in mind that not every French parent raises their children the same. I experienced both types of parenting while I was working as a babysitter in France and as a nanny in London which, I believe, will enable me to find a good balance between the two.
My daughter is only three months old and three weeks and I have already started to let her know when enough was enough. And I don’t see anything wrong with that. My mother always made sure I was polite, well-behaved and respectful of others. I always knew where my place was but also felt loved and respected as an individual. I want to teach those values to my daughter.
Here is another article from the Guardian UK that an American friend of mine posted on her FB profile. The parenting gap: why French mothers prefer to use the firm smack of authority
I would love to hear what you think about “French parenting” versus your own ! Please share !