A thought provoking article regarding how Americans fret over parenthood that was written by Pamela Druckerman for Wall Street Journal detailing her investigation of French parenting. Driven by her self-proclaimed maternal desperation, the article entitled “Why French Parents are Superior” talks of how the French are raising happy, well-behaved children while avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying no. Glenda Anderson, who has mothered thousands of youth here at the Paul Anderson Youth Home speaks often of how your yes must mean yes and your no must mean no. Much of what Glenda teaches are the same as seen in French parents. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Children should say hello, goodbye, thank you and please. It helps them to learn that they aren’t the only ones with feelings and needs.
  • When they misbehave, give them the “big eyes”—a stern look of admonishment.
  • Remind them (and yourself) who’s the boss. French parents say, “It’s me who decides.”
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no.” Kids have to learn how to cope with some frustration.

Remember, you are the parent. Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. You are the one in charge. Through your guidance, instruction, and loving command, your child learns safety, security, and what it means for their home to be their shelter from the world around them.
To read the full article, follow this link: Why French Parents are Superior

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