Parenting in France

French parents spend a lot of time explaining to children what is allowed and what is not because it is important for them to teach their children how to behave well in society. This does not imply that the French do not pay enough attention to their children or are in love, but rather that they share the same values, that is, talking to children, reading books, taking them to tennis or painting classes or visiting the museum, but without falling in the excesses of an American education at the constant service of children.

Even since they are pregnant, French mothers already behave differently: they do not feel that their life should change just because they are expecting a child. They eat the same as always, have fun, get ready and go on with their life and activities. With the boom in attachment theory and prolonged breastfeeding, it may seem crazy to some, but in France breastfeeding periods, for example, are short. According to the writer, the way they see pregnancy and their position towards breastfeeding show something very relevant: French women do not feel responsible for everything that may happen to their children and, therefore, they do not believe that they have You have to completely sacrifice your life to please them.

Obviously, setting clear limits for children is not a French invention, but it is practiced there. In clear opposition to the idea that, at all times, children should be able to express themselves freely, the French do not interpret everything that occurs to the child to be an expression of their individuality, no one can do what everyone wants. weather. And for that reason, they are not afraid of frustrating their children every time they say «no.» They are sure that not teaching them the value of tolerance hurts them, because it would generate unresilient adolescents and adults, who would collapse at the first opportunity the world disappointed them.

Another component of this parenting style is food. French children eat four times a day, which means that they get used to eating in the same way as an adult from a very young age and that asking for a treat between meals is absolutely unthinkable. It seems that it works great for them; Only 3.1% of children between the ages of five and six are obese, while in England, almost 10% and in Chile, 9.8%.

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