February 7, 2012

Whine vs. Wait

Yet the French have managed to be involved with their families without becoming obsessive. They assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children, and that there is no need to feel guilty about this. "For me, the evenings are for the parents," one Parisian mother told me. "My daughter can be with us if she wants, but it's adult time." French parents want their kids to be stimulated, but not all the time. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are—by design—toddling around by themselves.

Whether you have kids, or plan to sometime in the future, a really interesting article from WSJ about differences in French and American parenting. Definitely worth a read (via natthefatrat)

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