By now you might feel like you’ve been doing everything wrong as an American parent. That’s far from the truth. French parents aren’t perfect, American parents aren’t either, and not everyone is so enamored with the French method of parenting.
Take French writer Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, who in The Atlantic described his nation’s educational system as trying “to mercilessly beat any shred of nonconformity out of children (the beating is now done mostly psychologically) so that they may be slotted into a society that, itself, treats nonconformity the way the immune system treats foreign elements.”
There’s also Liz Garrigan, an American who blogs about living in Paris, who did not particularly like “Bringing Up Bebe” or the notion of superiority in French parenting. “I’ve seen a woman on the sidewalk grab a teen’s hair and pull him to her violently, a woman beating her son in the car seat to make him shut up, and perhaps more damning than anything else, I’ve seen French parents simply ignoring their children,” she wrote.
These anecdotes aside, the key is to find a balance that works for your family and be open to the way other cultures operate because you might learn a thing or two about yourself, your partner and your children.