Hi! Welcome back! Today I thought about writing about a topic that is very different for me, but at the same time, something I’m very interested in! And, if you’ve read the title, you know it’s about parenting! Especially, French parenting. I’ll start this by saying everyone is different, no one is necessarily better than anyone at parenting (excluding obvious situations) but I’m here to share my opinions on this! And since I’ve moved to France, I’ve met and worked with children and French parents quite a bit.
My – let’s call it: – fascination for the way French educate their children started when I realised (because I was working as a babysitter) that French parents treat their children as adults. Yes, as adults. This realisation came when the father told their children ‘shush, I’m speaking right now’. Instead of running to their children as if they were in a big distress, French parents show their kids they are important, yes, they are their world, yes too!, but they need to know boundaries and respect! And it is very disrespectful to interrupt a conversation, even if you’re
just especially if you’re a kid.
Another thing I’ve come to realise is how children become more independent and confident. When babies, the parents don’t run into their nursery when they literally just started crying, no. They wait, finish whatever they might be doing, and then they obviously give them the attention they need. This is not to say they don’t worry or they don’t care about their feelings. They do. But they’re developing their self-esteem, confidence and independence by showing them they, as parents, will always be there for them to be embraced, loved, nurtured and cared for, but they can make it on their own and they will achieve great things on their own.
This leads me to the next point. I find that French parents dedicate a big chunk of their time to be with their kids. They actually take the time to sit down with them and help them study or go out together or something the children enjoy doing. I think this is important for obvious reasons, and I believe French parents nail at this!
This might be a very strange post to find here on my blog but I’ve been giving this a lot of thought in the last couple of months and I’d love to know what you think of this! Or any kind of parenting for that matter!
Happy parenting, catreaders!