It also extends, unsurprisingly, to parenting. Druckerman French children, as it turns out, there are a few distinctive differences in technique between parents in France and their American counterparts.
Keep reading to check out what they are. French parents create strong boundaries for their kids. In the book “Bringing Up Bebe,” author Pamela Druckerman wrote that French parents establish clear expectations of what is expected and what is unacceptable behavior from their kids at an early age. This creates an authoritative parenting style and leaves little question as to who is in charge in the family. French children learn four magic words. In the US, kids generally learn two “magic words,” which are “please” and “thank you.
Although it is polite to say greet people in the US, in France, it is essential. In “Bringing Up Bebe, Druckerman writes that, in France, “saying bonjour acknowledges the other person’s humanity. The concept of a “children’s menu” or “kid’s meal” — which tend to be bedrocks in American restaurants — aren’t as common in France. According to the book “French Kids Eat Everything,” there is very little distinction between what might appear on a parent or child’s plate. French Kids Eat Everything” also reveals how French parents get their kids to eat veggies. Apparently, vegetables are usually served at the start of a meal, when kids are hungriest, which ensures that they will have more motivation to eat them.
French kids’ hairstyles don’t have as much variance. According to the book “Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting From Paris to New York,” French parents tend to have their kids stick with one haircut — a classic bob — but anything goes in the US. French kids sleep through the night. In “Bringing Up Bebe,” Druckerman says that French parents utilize something called “The Pause. This is a technique in which parents wait a few minutes before tending to their child if they hear them start to cry, which gives them a chance to “self-soothe. Over time, this can train kids to sleep through the night on their own.