Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What Would A French Mom Do?

This morning I read a very interesting article about the differences between French and American moms and their parenting styles.  Clearly, the French are doing something right.  Apparently, according the the author, French moms do not experience guilt when they make parental decisions plus they keep their own interests in the forefront, not those of their children.  Huh?  You mean a French mom would not spend hours driving her children to various sports practices, regardless of the distance, the time or weather--nothing beats a good baseball game in triple digit night, right?  Would a French mom grab a brioche and a latte in a trendy little air-conditioned bistro instead?  Plus, she would not be guilt-ridden afterward? Impressive and way beyond this American mom's grasp.  Adding insult to injury,  French women know how to eat well but maintain their figures, their fashion sense is au courant but seemingly effortless, their accent sublime and now I am told they can parent without guilt and their children grow up to be self-sufficient, independent thinkers. Vive la France!

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