- "Let them know who's boss." You'll often hear French parents telling their children: "C'est moi qui décide" (It's me who decides), and even: "C'est moi qui commande" (It's me who gives orders).
- "Just say non." French parents don't believe their children should rule their lives, so they aren't afraid to say no (and mean it).
- Establish a "look of admonishment' to silence your children. The French call it "les gros yeux" - the big eyes.
- Teach your child to say hello to visiting adults, rather than just "skulk in under the umbrella of the parents' greeting".
- Cut out the snacks. In France, children have one snack a day - goûter - when they get home from school. No wonder they're so well behaved in restaurants: they're hungry, so they concentrate on the food.
French Parenting Secrets
February 18, 2012