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Is French Parenting The Key To A Well-Behaved Child?

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NEW YORK (WLNY) – Kids who sleep through the night, eat everything, and don’t drive their parents nuts?

Not fiction, but reality — for parents who raise their kid with a French influence. Just ask Pamela Druckerman.

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The American, a former foreign affairs reporter for the Wall Street Journal, is also the author of the hugely popular book, “Bringing Up Bebe.”

She raised her kids in France, where she noticed notable differences in the behavior and attitudes of French children versus American children.

“I had no idea there was anything special about French parenting, but I started to notice that the babies there sleep through the night sooner, there were fewer tantrums in the park – in fact, it was just my own kids that were having tantrums,” Druckerman said. “Kids eat everything you put in front of them, they eat these fancy three-course meals with pleasure.”

French parents, she explains, aren’t better than American parents – they just have different goals.

After the success of her first book, a memoir-style work, the author visited The Couch to talk about her sequel, “Bebe Day By Day: 100 Keys To French Parenting.”

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“This intensive-style of parenting has kind of crept up on us in America,” she said. “I think there’s hunger for a more…practical approach to parenting.”