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