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.
So what's the secret? Why are these French kids so cooperative at the table? Why DO they eat everything?
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.