Parents, there’s a new book I want to tell you about, called Bébé Day By Day: 100 Keys To French Parenting. It’s by Pamela Druckerman, who also wrote the best-seller Bringing Up Bébé - which got a lot of attention for saying that French parents are better at raising kids than we are. This time around, Druckerman more clearly spells out some of the rules for raising kids like the French do.
For example, one rule says: YOU are the keeper of the fridge. Meaning, in France, kids don’t have the right to dig around for food whenever they want. They have to ask an adult! And Druckerman says that cuts down on the “pre-meal munchies” which often lead to kids eating unhealthy snacks, and making poor diet choices.
The next French parenting rule: Don’t be a “Taxi.” In other words, stop driving your kids all over the place, and instead, make it a priority for you to have an active social life too. Druckerman says too many of us put our kids’ well-being before our own - and that leads to unhappy parents and kids growing up feeling entitled!
Another rule: Feed your kids sushi. The thinking here is that kids should eat the same foods their parents eat. So, if Mom feels like having a few California rolls, it shouldn’t cause kids to have a meltdown – just because they want mac ‘n’ cheese instead!
One more French parenting rule: Don’t dress like a Mom. Druckerman thinks North American Moms often use their kids as an excuse to let themselves go. For example, she says babies in the womb don’t need Mom eating cheesecake, and saying things like “I’m eating for two.” That helps explain why French Moms don’t wear pajama jeans in an attempt to hide those extra pounds.
Agree? Disagree? Want to go further? Here’s the name of the book again: Bébé Day By Day: 100 Keys To French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman.