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The French know how to raise children...

Or I'd like kids more if I lived in France.
Before moving to Paris, American Pamela Druckerman knew that the French had a reputation for cultural refinement: a knowledge of wine, a sophisticated sense of style and a preoccupation with haute cuisine.

But while living in the French capital and going through the everyday struggles of raising children her English husband, she uncovered another surprising aspect of French life. Wherever she looked in Paris, the locals seemed to be employing a certain je ne sais quoi that was making their kids behave better than typical American children.

Druckerman decided to write a book about her experience, called Bringing up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. She tells Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin that the idea for the book came to her in a sort of "epiphany" when she was eating out with her husband and her daughter, who was 18 months old at the time.



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Feb. 16th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I lived in France for a year, and went to school there. The French know about as much about raising children as anyone else. There are shitty parents everywhere and also excellent ones.
Feb. 16th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Well that is too bad then...so I guess children are just as horrible everywhere as they are here...
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
I love that you posted this. I just saw or heard--sheesh, I wish I could remember where--about how parenting differs so greatly outside of the US and that children rise to the expectations set for them, that there are countries that regularly begin potty training as infants (not toddlers) and how toddlers in other countries regularly do tasks that we don't expect here in the US (for example, using a knife and fork).
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