While I was still pregnant with my son, I remember witnessing a terrible tantrum in my local Co-op where a little girl was shouting the place down and demanding chocolate. Her poor mother was mortified and quickly bought her a chocolate bar to calm her down. Shocked at this behaviour, I swore that my own son would NEVER behave like that.
Four years later, despite my best efforts, my son does throw tantrums occasionally if he is hungry or tired (or usually both).
I was therefore very interested to read this article in the Wall Street Journal (or similar article here) about the ‘French’ secrets for avoiding tantrums: teaching patience, saying ‘no’ with authority and making it clear who is the boss.
While the article on a whole is a big generalisation (I’m sure there are good and bad parents in France), there is no doubt that different countries have very different parenting styles, and it made me step back and think about my own.
What do you think – do you think the ‘French’ approach to parenting is better? Is the article even true?
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