Are French Parents Really Smarter?

They are, according to a recent WSJ article, “French Parents are Superior”.  In this article an American couple living in France, learns how French parents handle parenting issues.

I have no problem with sharing information across our borders, but American educators and parenting experts have always recommended a particular parenting style.  It is funny how this particular style of parenting is the one used by French parents. I can therefore, agree with the article’s title, and recommend all parents to try it.

What style is it, you ask?  First of all there are three styles of parenting; Authoritarian, Permissive and Authoritative, with consequences associated with each style.  Knowing about these distinct styles of parenting will definitely have a long-term effect on any child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development. The one recommended and also referred to in this article, is the Authoritative style of parenting.

Authoritative parents:

*Are confident and secure (teaching and practicing respect)

*Set reasonable, challenging goals

*Set limits (you are in charge)

*Enforce rules (not feeling bad saying NO)

*Are responsive (working together as a team)

*Teach manners (manners matter)

Educators have always recommended the Authoritative style of parenting as it yields children with:

  •  Security
  •  Confidence
  •  Social maturity
  •  High Achievement

“When children clearly understand who they are, and what is expected of them, they will perform accordingly.”-Champion Parenting, Inc.

Need additional resources?   “Champion Parenting: Giving Your Child a Competitive Edge”, now as E-book, provides answers to your most challenging questions, K-12.



About authoraliceiorio

A nationally known educator, with over 20 years of teaching experience (preschool- college) is President and founder of Champion Parenting, Inc., a nonprofit.
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