Are American parents failing? Do we nurture less successfully than other countries? On ABC’s Good Morning America the author Pamela Druckerman was interviewed for her book Bringing up Bebe about the art of french parenting. The conversation discussed how the Tiger mom and the French mom think American parents are raising lazy offspring by hyper parenting.
Are American children more entitled? I have no idea what the statistics are or if those stats are a true measure of American nurturing. I have observed American parents who tailor their parenting to the needs of their offspring. Even if offspring do not have special needs, each child has unique needs.
My daughter was asked if she had ever been grounded; she said no. The other kids asked why. I tailor make consequences for each offense, grounding is too general. I prefer to take away privileges and assign work tasks as well as discuss the behavior in hopes the offspring will see the value in behaving. I have observed other parents doing the same.
Thrival for the American parent includes balance. America is a salad bowl of different cultures and parenting styles. We can all learn from each other, if we want to thrive we need to keep learning and retailoring our nurturing to fit the situations that arise.
May you each thrive in your American Made nurturing.
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- Read: Bringing Up Bébé (mnn.com)
- ‘Bringing Up Bébé,’ a French-Influenced Guide by Pamela Druckerman – New York Times (nytimes.com)
- Motherlode Blog: Who Says American Parents Are Inferior? (parenting.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Are French Parents Better? (blogs.wsj.com)
- The French are better parents? Excuse moi?! (moms.today.msnbc.msn.com)