Matches my own memories of French children in social settings. Druckerman obviously has a book to flog but it's an interesting comparison.
Indeed, when we visited Paris a few years ago, we were amazed at how well (and independently) children played on playgrounds while parents enjoyed each others company. My 9 year old daughter even commented on it.
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- Very interesting, it does match my experience too.Feb 5, 2012
- I have spent a lot of time in Poland where the attitude to parenting is the same as this. It's the model I follow (instinctively) with my own children. I am not a fan of 'child-centred' parenting.Feb 5, 2012
- It's always been important to me that my children know how to behave in a restaurant or cafe. They have never been allowed to rip open sugar or throw salt around. I have noticed that the children of 'helicopter parents' seem to behave more annoyingly than those with more relaxed (but not so relaxed as to be feral) parents.Feb 5, 2012
- The other side of the coin is that France (and indeed Poland) is a very conformist society without the British tolerance/love of eccentricity.Feb 5, 2012
- , I did wonder if it led to noticeably curtailed adults, but I don't think it does. Perhaps it's offset by the French being a lot more aware of their cultural and artistic history than in the UK? Also, go back a few generations and kids here were probably better behaved and we had more eccentric adults. :-)
I thought the article made a good point about the child playing by themselves; if they can keep themselves amused, or be happy buried in a book, then they'll probably sit still for thirty minutes in a public setting when asked.Feb 8, 2012