French mom vs American mom?
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|Wed, 01-13-2010 - 11:18am|
I was reading an article in a parenting magazine the other day while sitting in my OB's office. It was talking about an American woman who married a French man and moved to France and raised two children there. She was talking about the differences between how American's raise their children and the French. A couple of things that I found interesting. . .
1. Her first child at 3 or 4 I want to say was in preschool and they wanted to take them on an over night trip. I don't remember where but most of the French mom's were completly cool with the idea and most of the American mothers (she said it was about 50:50) took their children home for the weekend. That the French mom's enjoyed their weekend without baby while she and others were at the park in the rain. The second time around she let her children go.
2. She had a close friend and how when you walked into her home in the living room you couldn't even really tell that she had small children. That the children had rules and lived by the adults way. Where many times in America we alter everything to work around the kids instead of the kids being part of the adult world. She said that her house was not even really "child proof" like some people consider with locks on everything and plastic bumpers on the corners of the coffee table.
What do you ladies think of this? Would you let your 3 year old go on an over night class trip? How about your living room not being covered in baby gear? Or little to no baby proofing?