French babies don’t get fussy

8 Feb

Hubby recently forwarded this article and now I’m intrigued, wait, even more intrigued by the French.

The article is written by an American mom living in Paris and she has made an observation: French babies, toddlers, and young children don’t get fussy. They wait. Calmly. Without crying. For everything. The secret seems to be that French parents emphasize patience and independence with their kids while providing a consistent framework, or cadre, for the day. Basically, the author suggests, the parents are in charge. She puts that in contrast to the American parenting style where everything (or at least most things) is dictated by the kid (who decides when the family gets to eat sleep/eat/go out), kids demand instant attention and gratification, and the kids are not always able to hold it together.

This may or may not be true. I don’t know.

But it has me wondering- what can we do to help Henry grow into a patient and independent toddler?

The author, Pamela Druckerman, has a new book coming out this week and it might be worth a read. Or maybe it is finally time for us to go to Paris hubby? wink-wink


One Response to “French babies don’t get fussy”

  1. Joan Bleakly February 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I think I have to agree with the French theory here….and this will be easy for you to handle with your little one since he has either one or both of you with him most of the time. I can see you are already on the right track and Henry is going to grow up in a loving home knowing where his boundaries are.

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