May
26
2012

Conversation Thread: Are French Mothers Superior?

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Conversation Thread

Pamela Druckerman‘s book Bringing Up Bebe critiques some of the hotly debated American parenting practices that she noticed while living in France. But are techniques like delayed gratification the way to go? Kelly Wallace discusses French approaches to parenting with moms Amanda RodriguezBeth EngelmanBrandi Jeter and Sharon Rowley.

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1 Angie May 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I really liked this discussion you ladies had. I read the article in the Wall Street Journal, and I thought that there were many great points brought out. As far as disciplining your children at other people’s homes or around their friends goes, I think if you train them to recognize your cues well, one stern look can steer your child in the right direction if they are following along and “acting like monkeys.” :) And I so agree about setting limits. Kids need them and want them, and I think in the long-run, having limits as children helps them function as adults.

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2 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Thanks Angie- I think the idea of pitting one culture’s parenting style against another’s is just all about creating headlines and controversy. But I think that the article pointed out a lot of great parenting strategies such as setting limits and not allowing kids to graze all day, that we could all learn from and try to use in our own homes.

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