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'Why French Parents Are Superior' : the most-discussed essay of 2012 in the The Wall Street Journal

While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying ‘non’ with authority.

Here the essay (February 4, 2012) : http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577196931457473816.html


Added: Dec-26-2012 
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  • I tried playing Call of duty on a french server but got ' Host ended sever' before any shots were fired!!

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  • The best investment one can do on this planet is teaching children right from wrong and help them become respectable members of the society.

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  • Bullshit, look at that little girls face and tell me thats not the devil.

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  • my sister has lived in Toulouse france for many years and she loves it .they live a nice life and she stays home with the kids while he works .they have the best healthcare in the world and the schools are fantastic .

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  • I alrdy read the article and despise "Rest assured, I certainly don't suffer from a pro-France bias. Au contraire, I'm not even sure that I like living here. I certainly don't want my kids growing up to become sniffy Parisians. " who give me me clues about the example they give to their children, i can say they are few difference between us and them:
    1 Francoise dolto
    2 we do not say "do that!" or "do you want to do that ?"
    3 we say "do you prefer to do that, o More..

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  • Guess no one has been to the back streets of paris then. Well behaved my ass!!!

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  • At least they don't annoy the kids with all that "go shower" thing.

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  • i spent quite a few years with the french and i'd say that they have a very charming way of life. the girls are cute, the women are wonderful. the culture is somewhat simple and the flirting and one night stands are awesome. but when it comes down to it....when you try to anchor down with somebody, you inevitably find out that shes crazier than you, and most times one night stands are the best (same as in any country). french kids are raised with less tv and more with "real time" inter More..

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  • I think making a boy wear a beret is a mild form of child abuse.
    Why not make them wear tunics too? Loin cloths anyone?
    Jesus.

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    • @Fire37Rescue Almost nobody wear "béret" in France, except army and old ppl, mostly in the South, and of course in my area cause "béret" come from "berret" (occitan language, South-west).
      Funny anecdote, they are 2 sort of green berets in France, wearing on left(1942) or right(1948).

      So the author of the book (girl on the picture)thinking it was judicious to add a "French touch" (generalities...), note the "croissants" on the table.

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    • @goervideos "croissants"...I'm from the US so I was looking for the "french fries"!

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    • @XR400R We call "french fries" "frites"(fries) in France, because (even if its debated as 50/50)we think they are from Belgium, and the Belgian fries are (usually)better than ours.

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  • I would have to agree with this at least on a superficial level. I spent time in France with a French family and even shared the room next door with their daughter (say no more). It was a great time in my life. I could see the way they all enjoyed each other without the normal hierarchy that many American families foster. It's also true that the French social system provides an inordinate amount of daycare and other services for families. Viva la France, but not it's taxes!

    Only in rural More..

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  • This is the place to be ! No Doubt !
    LL'ers, Quit this Stupid jealousy :P

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  • And most french children don't die in school shootings. That helps as well.

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  • Well they do breastfeed until they are 20.

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  • Very interesting article!

    Just my humble opinion on the issue:

    I think that this obsession with "quality time" that many parents have is very unfortunate. Even if you have your children at kindergarten from a very young age, you are still going to be their undisputed parental figures for just being a normal parent.

    There is no need to try and compensate for the kindergarten away-time by maximizing the social interaction between 5pm and 8pm and in the week-ends. This is more often t More..

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  • nobody in france wears a beret! its not 1940 anymore

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  • Would be better if French parents taught their children how to defend themselves. Would save us doing it.

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  • Muslim immigrants must've been completely overlooked for that study.

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  • I'll sum it up for you. Article written by a bad parent who thinks, by observing French parents, that French parents are superior-not because the author is a shitty parent.

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  • I can tell by their hats, how happy they are.

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    • @Mustafa JonTurk K Arikan

      I can tell by the stupid "kitchen" picture that this isn't a all a French family.

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    • @AlainGalvez its not an american kitchen ,note the kettle in the background and the windows that open in that way

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    • @AlainGalvez oh you got offended, huh? I thought you were gay, I mean happy..

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    • @markymark69

      American kitchen? Who said anything about American kitchens? I just pointed out that the silly "kitchen" picture had absolutely nothing French at all.

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    • @Mustafa JonTurk K Arikan

      I can tell by the "kitchen" picture that this isn't a all a French family.

      See? I am not offended at all.

      How could I be offended, by an idiot... impossible!

      Are you offended because there is no primitive couscous on the table? I hope not...

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    • @SlipperyWhenWet Not really. Most Europeans are not nearly as influenced and obsessed with USA as many American apparently seem to think.

      The comparison and influence between different countries inside Europe on the other hand, is pretty high.

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    • @SlipperyWhenWet Just trying to debunk some common misconceptions, that's all.

      Why you had to drag in almost century old wars into this debate, I must say I find a bit bizzare... =)

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    • @SlipperyWhenWet This article was written by an American.

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  • Answer is wine, they give wine for their kids.
    1/10 wine,9/10 water;)

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  • Americans are brainwashed from an early age, then pumped full of questionable pharmaceuticals. I haven't read through the comments, yet. But I'm sure they are full of the, french wave white flags, france is being taken over by muslims, type of comments.

    You're probably right, but atleast they aren't being taken over by mexicans, and minorities now hold a significant power in politics in America. There have been atleast three serious revolutions in France since America was created, in fact, the More..

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  • Definitely something wrong with American youth, how they're raised and of course the society and influences they are raised in and with, too. Their youth is ignorant, arrogant, aggressive and glorifying of violence.

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  • It it makes ya feel better to call yourself superior while these kids thrive so be it. I'd be the first to shake your hand. Well done and I hope we can all learn something.

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