Yet another reason to move to Paris…
February 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Sorry for the parenting post, but I found this article fascinating. We like to say that our son Oliver is strong-willed but to be more accurate he is impatient like my husband and stubborn like me. I guess we can only blame ourselves for passing on these less then enviable traits, but they do make certain things like going out to dinner, taking naps and basically doing anything that Oliver might not feel like doing at the moment very taxing. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore our little guy but I’m exhausted by the end of the day.
Well, last night my friend Lisa forwarded me this great article about parenting in France. It compares the French and American parenting styles and while it makes many good points, a couple big takeaways were the importance of teaching a child delayed gratification and encouraging their ability to entertain themselves.
I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say French parenting is superior, but of course there’s value in reading about different parenting techniques to get a fresh perspective. I also think Oliver would benefit from me being less of a pushover. The article is an excerpt from the book “Bringing up Bebe” written by Pamela Druckerman. Guess I better start reading!
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