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The Wall Street Journal put together a list of its top 10 articles of 2012.#1 — Why French Parents Are Superior, by Pam Druckerman published back in February.
Here’s the Druckerman’s basic point (WSJ):
…for all its problems, France is the perfect foil for the current problems in American parenting. Middle-class French parents (I didn’t follow the very rich or poor) have values that look familiar to me. They are zealous about talking to their kids, showing them nature and reading them lots of books. They take them to tennis lessons, painting classes and interactive science museums.
Yet the French have managed to be involved with their families without becoming obsessive. They assume that even good parents aren’t at the constant service of their children, and that there is no need to feel guilty about this. “For me, the evenings are for the parents,” one Parisian mother told me. “My daughter can be with us if she wants, but it’s adult time.” French parents want their kids to be stimulated, but not all the time. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are—by design—toddling around by themselves.
Articles that also made it into the top 10:
- How Waiters Read Your Table
- Sandy Hits Coast, Floods New York
- How the Race Slipped Away From Romney