What was the most read WSJ article of the year, mon ami?

Answer: Why French Parents Are Superior

Punch line: While Americans Fret Over Modern Parenthood, the French Are Raising Happy, Well-Behaved Children Without All the Anxiety.



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.

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