The UK Guardian newspaper reviewed earlier this month the book 'French Children Don't Throw Food' by Pamela Druckerman. The book promotes French parenting over that of anglophones. Pamela comes from New York, married an Englishman and then moved to Paris to llive. I have not read the book so it is not possible to comment accurately on its contents.
I have seen some very well behaved children in French restaurants but I am also aware that a large number of French families would not be in a position go to these. What I have therefore seen is not a representative sample of French children's behaviour. Should good behaviour in children be an end in itself or is it one of the consequences of a loving, secure environment where limits are set?
What is particularly interesting are the comments received about the review and the commentary by Agnès Poirier. There are comments about the downfalls and inaccuracies of stereotyping this then seems to be replaced by comments comparing the UK and French educational systems.
The comment by bjerkley says it all:
No one has the answers on good parenting, but it's a fascinating insight into our paranoia over children that we spend so much time obsessing over it.