In France children are not the centre of universe

3 Mar

French are the champions (in child education)

A Sudden Boom in Parenting Magazines

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At least that is what is saying in her book an American mother who lives in Paris since ten years. According to the press release marketing her book French parenting would be a world model for parenting. This American mother recommends copying the French mothers for the following reasons: a) in France children are not the centre of universe and have to say hello and good-bye to adults, as well as please and thank you (the four magical words), b) French mothers do not thing they have to be involved all the time, c) from infancy children have to adapt to the adults, d) the French want their children to taste all sorts of food, e) kids eat the same food than their parents, and f) French parents let their children alone and thus they learn to play by themselves.
So in conclusion French women have the highest birth rate in Europe and are a model of parenting abroad… what else! Congratulation ladies!
But is the French model to strict?
Indeed my cousin who managed a shop of souvenirs in a region receiving clients from all nationality: “Les Baux de Provence” observed that French parents were the only ones who hit physically their children. Nobody is perfect… Should that be the negative aspect of considering them like adults? Indeed researchers advise parents not to overreact on their heirs when the latter are between 9 months and 27 months of age unless they risk incurring emotional instability at school age according to the findings of their study.

References:
1) Over-reactive parenting linked to negative emotions and problem behavior in toddlers
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-02-over-reactive-parenting-linked-negative-emotions.html

2) France vs America; who are the best at parenting?
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46438823#46438823
3) Why French Parents Are Superior
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577196931457473816.html

4) Bringing up a baby, one American mother discovers the wisdom of french parenting.
http://online.wsj.com/video/why-french-parents-are-superior/050F4A55-A27A-4A82-A9FF-6698D07EC08F.html

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