C'est la poulette
Qui mange la galette
Elle en a tant mangé
Qu'elle s'est étouffée.
The Little Hen
This is a little chick
Who gobbles all the cake
She eats so much so quick,
That she choked by mistake.
When Alice saw Laurenjoan at the back door with the yellow cake - she ran as fast as she could. As the big and little yellow crumbs came flying out the door, Alice gobbled fast and furious.
Joanie B. was no match for Alice's speed when it came to cake (or any food for that matter). By the time Joanie B. had wobbled up, the cake was nearly gone.
Laurenjoan: Ahhh, you chickens - you eat like French kids eat -- everything!
Yes, Alice and Joanie B., are French Hen Parenting in action - they eat all their vegetables and everything else. All food is real food, is happy food. They never snack - every bit of food is a meal to them. And, they always eat together and don't let anything distract them. (See "French Food Rules" from French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon)
And, once they lay an egg - there it sits - all by itself in the nest. No guilt, no stress, Bebe, Maman has a right to a life of her own.
French mothers...love their children as much as anyone,
but don't see them as their entire life project,
to the exclusion of professional satisfaction,
adult leisure time and quality time with a spouse. --from - Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
Certainly "food for thought." I know I found both Drucker and Le Billon to have gotten me to thinking...hmmm, sounds a lot like good old fashioned 1960/70's American parenting that I grew up on..."eat your vegetables," "don't interrupt," "finish your homework.."...
Even Karen Le Billon goes on to write on Huffingtonpost:
.... with traditional French parenting values: children are obliged to comply with high expectations at a young age, from table manners to cursive writing (which many French kindergarteners have mastered better than I). The result: seemingly model children.
Well - you might want to try French Parenting Style on for size - if so, try these resources available at Sant Clara County District Libraries:
French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. ...French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this... Bringing up Bébé
Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and recipes, the author shares her observations on how the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners in babies and children, and tests ten French Good Rules for a family food revolution. French Kids Eat Everything
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