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Enfant Terrible, or Why are American Parents Inferior?
American Thinker ^ | 02-18-2012 | MJ Braun

Posted on 02/20/2012 11:22:44 AM PST by NOBO2012

When it comes to parenting, I find myself siding with the French. Quelle surprise!

Allow me to turn your attention to an article in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal: "Why French Parents are Superior." It's a catchy title, but a more accurate one would be "Why American Parents are Inferior," because it appears that the French are simply doing what one might expect of anyone in the role.

We join author Pamela Druckerman after a harrowing vacation weekend in a French coastal city with her husband and toddler, where we immediately get a hint at the nature of the problem.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: conservatives; liberals; parenting
MJ, does a masterful job of eviscerating the modern American parenting model of instant gratification.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 11:23:05 AM PST by NOBO2012
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To: NOBO2012

I saw that WSJ article. It seems the French don’t give their children everything they want when they want it and teach them patience, self-control, and more respect for authority. The children turn out much better behaved.


2 posted on 02/20/2012 11:26:24 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: NOBO2012

Since the courts have disposed of discipline and parents have been brainwashed by shrinks, into a new paridigm of “parenting”, our children have become spoiled and undisciplined.


3 posted on 02/20/2012 11:27:58 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: NOBO2012

I think the author is confused with liberal leftist American parents. The patents I know are superior to the ones in the article.


4 posted on 02/20/2012 11:32:43 AM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: NOBO2012

What about the white trash garbage parents who go to restaurants, shows or other events and simply let their little bastards shriek like banshees while they ignore it and go about ruining everyone else’s good time?


5 posted on 02/20/2012 11:33:04 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: bigdirty
I had a cry baby for about 4 years and hubby and I did not see a restaurant at that time. If we did it was separate while one stayed home with baby.
6 posted on 02/20/2012 11:36:41 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: NOBO2012

There are plenty of American parents who raise their children to be patient, polite, kind, and strong.

The author worships French methods because she herself was raised insecure, obsequious, and sycophantic.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 11:41:38 AM PST by golux
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To: vpintheak

No, read to the end. He is speaking to liberal American parents. At the end of the article he invites confused American parents to spend time with conservative parents for a view of how it should be done.


8 posted on 02/20/2012 11:41:42 AM PST by ottbmare
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9 posted on 02/20/2012 11:44:44 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: NOBO2012

Which French yoots are we speaking of? The jihadi yoots or the native yoots?


10 posted on 02/20/2012 11:51:18 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NOBO2012; Morgana

Too bad France had to go and outlaw incest in 2010, that really put a hamper on the French method I guess.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 12:25:23 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Actually that is what happens in most countries. The US is the outlier, not France.


12 posted on 02/20/2012 12:26:40 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: NOBO2012

Just back from Tahiti, so I’ll concede (with major reservations), the French the edge in parenting, but they are in the Stone Age compared to the Brits and the US when it comes to the simple logistics of forming an orderly, courteous line.


13 posted on 02/20/2012 12:33:01 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: NOBO2012

The true “modern” American parenting model is to outsource your children’s training to the government schools. The result, on average, is what you would expect from any other welfare family.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 12:33:45 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: NOBO2012

If European parents are so great, why is Europe circling the drain? You could probably find someone to say how great Greek parents were, a generation ago, but now they’re burning down their country to avoid having to do ... anything at all for themselves. I’ll bet Barack Obama was a polite little kid, too ... Indonesian transvestites bank on their lovely manners, after all.

My daughter will tell you where to go - with excellent vocabulary and historical examples - but she’s been self-supporting since 18, thank you very much.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 12:53:09 PM PST by Tax-chick (I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

It’s because the French simply don’t have anything near enough to what can be found here in America.


16 posted on 02/20/2012 2:35:26 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: GeronL

Just goes to show that some Americans have forgotten or lost the parenting touch.


17 posted on 02/20/2012 3:06:45 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: ottbmare

I see, thanks!


18 posted on 02/20/2012 3:17:49 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: 9YearLurker

Yp. many US parents ruin their kids...


19 posted on 02/20/2012 3:42:39 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: NOBO2012

This is an excellent article. I have twin 7-yr-olds and it has been a constant struggle between parenting the way my parents did, and trying to conform to “today’s” kids rule parenting. The kids don’t rule in my house, but I always think others feel I am being too hard on my kids. They do behave in a restaurant though...


20 posted on 02/20/2012 5:29:56 PM PST by SmileRight
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To: SmileRight
“but I always think others feel I am being too hard on my kids.”

How do YOU feel? We cut our kids a lot of slack with some things. Other parents hated us at the dog park because our kids would be playing in the huge mud puddles with the dogs (clothes on, etc.) and their kids would want to join in - but mom didn't want them to get dirty. I understood to a degree (maybe not going right back home, etc.). But for us, it was going down there to play, and sometimes play means getting dirty.

They didn't get cut any slack if they whined at the store. That happened only a few times VERY early on. Give the rules ahead of time, and then follow your own rules. “Whine for something at the store and we will live right then, and no play date with Johnny”.

Of course now that they are older when they go to the store with mom they know that invariably if they can wait patiently while their brother or sister try on clothes, etc.; Mom will no-doubt stop by some place to get a smoothie or some such. (Mom is a softy!)

21 posted on 02/20/2012 5:44:13 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: NOBO2012

A similar article was recently written in the Daily Mail by an English mother and her observations of the superiority of the French over the English in raising children. Same observations. hmmm.


22 posted on 02/20/2012 11:58:11 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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