I read in a recent article that French kids are less annoying than kids from the USA. Ok, they use the terms “better behaved” but I adapted it for you. The claim is that the French parents have a life beyond their kids and don’t treat them like kings and queens that run the household. They teach kids patience by not letting them interrupt conversation. They also teach their kids to be bored and invent games on their own instead of having to be constantly entertained. I am not sure you have a lot of exposure to kids while you are there but maybe you have observed their behavior in restaurants. What are your thoughts?
– OC in Boca Raton, FL
Good question, and Boca is nice. I have family there. What you have heard is largely true. The kids here are doted on far less than their American counterparts. The idea of having a professional photographer document your child’s 6-month birthday with an elaborate spread of props and lighting filters, for example, would be taken with legitimate confusion by most French parents.