A lot is being written about the so called wisdom of French parenting. Part myth, part reality the topic has caught the headlines all over the US. It's also addressing the question of raising children in the American context by offering a mirror to American parents and making them face their French nemesis. I can't help thinking that the debate occurring today is very reductive and will end up reinforcing old cliches on both sides of the Atlantic. Things are more complex than they seem, as always. And I would like to bring in Francoise Dolto to the discussion:
« l'enfant », ça n'existe pas... on fait un discours sur l'enfant, alors que chaque enfant est absolument dissemblable à un autre quant à sa vie intérieure, quant à la façon dont il se structure, selon ce qu'il ressent, perçoit et selon les particularités des adultes qui l'élèvent..." dans La Cause des Enfants.
(The child doesn't exist... We are making a big speech about the child, when each child is absolutely different from another with regards to his interior life, the way he structures himself, what he feels and perceives according to the particularities of the adults who raise him... in La Cause des Enfants )
I would be curious to find out what the members of New York in French have to say about this. Many members have both French and American perspectives and, surely, will have an interesting take on this debate. In English ou en français.