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Paris-Based Mother Explains Why French Children Are Well-Behaved

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents

Kerry Hardy, a Texas native who is raising two kids in Paris, gives her kids more freedom than is usually accepted in the U.S. Hardy's first son start...

Laissez-Moi Tranquil (I Googled That)

Adina Kalish | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Adina Kalish

According to Bringing Up Bebe (and a French mom I know who happens to have the most well-behaved kids I've ever met), French parents basically ignore their kids requests 90 percent of the time. They make them wait. They don't over program. They advocate boredom. And I am guilty of all of this.

Les Enfants Fantastiques! A Review of Pamela Druckerman's Bébé Day by Day'

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

They say that those who fight the hardest are those who are the most alike, so perhaps it shouldn't have surprised me that when it comes to parenting, the English and the French have quite a bit in common.

3 Keys To Asserting Authority As A Parent

Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club's first workshop. Check out previous challenges here, and if you haven’t signed up yet, go to the pu...

Just Say 'Non'

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

When it comes to parental authority, we Americans could take some more lessons from the French. They work hard at being "the one who decides," and believe that kids blossom best inside limits, and that it's reassuring to know that a grown-up is steering the ship.

Pamela Druckerman Answers Your Questions

Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents

A different approach to bedtime and more.

Even the French Need a Supernanny

Catherine Crawford | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Catherine Crawford

Why would the French need a hero nanny to swoop in and rescue hapless, hopeless parents from their unmanageable offspring -- it's not a French problem, right?

3 Keys To Teaching Your Kids To Be Independent

Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club's first workshop. Check out previous challenges here, and if you haven’t signed up yet, visit the pu...

3 Keys To Improving Your Kids' Eating Habits

Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club's first workshop. Check out previous challenges here, and if you haven’t signed up yet, visit the pu...

You Just Have To Taste It: Getting Your Kids To Eat Like The French

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

When my kids started attending daycare in Paris, I was struck by the lunch menus. Every day, the 3-and-unders were served four-course meals.

WATCH: 'Portlandia's' Awesome Take On Parenting Advice

The Huffington Post | Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents

It may never be more accurate to say something is funny because it's true... This week, "Portlandia" parodies the new parent dilemma of wanting an ...

Pamela Druckerman's Tips For Teaching Kids To Wait A Minute

Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents

Welcome to week one of the Stress-Less Parenting Club's first workshop. Get started here to find peace while parenting, and if you haven’t signed up...

Pamela Druckerman's Tips For Teaching Kids To Wait A Minute

Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents

Welcome to week one of the Stress-Less Parenting Club’s first workshop. Get started here to find peace while parenting, and if you haven’t registe...

Is Cake The Key To Teaching Kids Patience?

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

Patience isn't a fixed quality. It's more like a muscle, which grows stronger with practice. And French kids get a lot of practice.

Valentine's Day With Kids, French-Style

Catherine Crawford | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Catherine Crawford

You can perhaps imagine my shock two years ago when my then-6-year-old asked me if she should "make a Valentine's Day present list." At first, I was impressed -- what a sophisticated joke. Alas, no joke. "Seriously, Mommy. What are you going to get me? I mean, besides candy."

Introducing The Stress-Less Parenting Club

The Huffington Post | Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

HuffPost Parents is starting a club. If you are a mom or dad who feels stressed out, we want you to join because we are going to find some peace toget...

Why We Don't Need to Parent Like the French (With One Exception)

Karen Le Billon | Posted 07.31.2012 | Parents
Karen Le Billon

There are many aspects of French culture that I love. But there is much the French could learn from us, particularly the child rearing values that tend to be prioritized in North America: empathy, creativity, and individual motivation (that "can-do" attitude).

The Woman Who Thinks Motherhood Is A Prison

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Parents

Elisabeth Badinter is, without a doubt, a very smart woman. A French writer, feminist and philosopher, she has been called the heir to Simone Beauvoir...

Are You My Motherhood?

Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 06.17.2012 | Parents
Annabelle Gurwitch

We Village Parents don't have a book out; we're too harried to write one. We don't have a catch phrase unless you count our endless mutterings of "I'm exhausted."

What Does 'American Parenting' Look Like?

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 06.05.2012 | Parents
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

What does an "American parent" look like?

Hey, You, American Parent, Apparently You Suck

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 05.06.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

Have we all really lost sight of common sense and perspective like the media keeps beating into our heads? Or have you also had enough of being told that you're doing it all wrong?

Do French Parents Have A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi?

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents

NEW YORK — So you're visiting someone's home with your child and hot chocolate is served. As the hostess' kids sip the delicious concoction poli...

7 Intriguing Parenting Discoveries From Around The World

Mei-Ling Hopgood | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Mei-Ling Hopgood

It was one of the eye-opening experiences inspired by my years living abroad raising my children and researching parenting beliefs and practices in different cultures. There were so many wow moments, when my middle-class mom instincts clashed with what I was living, hearing, seeing and reading.

What On Earth Do We Mean By American Parenting?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Whatever this American parenting thing is, it reflects choices we have made as a culture. Choices we can undo, or rethink, or adjust if we decide we've ended up someplace we'd rather not be -- but first we have to agree on where we are and where we'd prefer to be headed.

Face It, ALL Parents Are Better Than You, Not Just The French

Josette Crosby Plank | Posted 04.17.2012 | Parents
Josette Crosby Plank

All other parents seem like they have it under control. Know what they are doing. Are even -- dare you say it -- better at this parenting thing than you are. I'm going to save you some wondering: They are.