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February 8th, 2012
01:34 PM ET

French lessons in raising kids

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux speaks with author Pamela Druckerman who says French children are better behaved and happier than American kids.

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  1. AF_Whigs

    This woman is insufferable. There are good and bad parents everywhere. This whole thing smacks of her wanting a forum to be able to go on and on about how cool it is to live in Paris.

    No culture has a monopoly on good parenting, and myself and plenty of other parents I know do the things she's talking about. THis is a bunch of noise about nothing, and essentially it's an upper-class wish-fulfillment thing about living in Europe and looking down your nose at the US. So much of this discussion is nothing more than broad generalizations on both sides: how bad US parents are (it's all Walmart & Mcnuggets and Mountain Dew, right?) and France (it's all snails and stinky cheese and the Louvre, right?) being totally awesome.

    Hey, I'm sure it's pretty cool to live in France. But I'm sure the primary impetus for this book was that she needs income to live there. So, come up with simplistic premise based around her charmed life in Paris, over-generalize about everything, and voila! A successful book that will appeal to upper-class moms who wish they could live in Paris, too.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

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