There was a very controversial article in the Daily Telegraph yesterday written by Glenda Cooper comparing the parenting styles of the French to us Brits and our cousins across the pond. Glenda was delving into the latest book to be launched in a range of bestsellers which talk about the French way of life. This book “Why French Children Don’t Talk Back” by Catherine Crawford compares the upbringing of her own unruly children to those of her French friend.
I’m sure many of you have read or heard about several others on this same theme, there have been; French Women Don’t get Fat, French Children Don’t get Fat, French Kids Eat Anything and French Children Don’t Throw Food. Truth be told we’d all like to know their secrets.
Glenda summarises her conclusions from the book by comparing the Continental upbringing of children as an echo from our own 1950’s approach to child rearing. Hmm! an interesting theory and one which, I’m sure, will be discussed more in-depth by todays mothers!
Why French Children Don’t Talk Back, by Catherine Crawford.
Playgroundparent: Parenting has once again come full circle, with an article in the Daily Telegraph by Glenda Cooper: “Tiger mums, it’s best to underparent”. Cath Prisk, the director of the charity Play England, now challenges parenting styles that produce “Cotton wool kids”. “Helicopter parenting, lawnmower parents and Tiger mums” should now be looking at “Underparenting”. Led by Dr Madeline Levine, Prisk supports the ideas which teach our children independence, communication and flexibility. I’m sure there will be a lot more discussion on the matter to come.