We've had helicopter parenting, tiger moms and now french parenting. Link to article Here is a clue it is all about delayed gratification. Haven't we heard this before.
This from NPR: "Druckerman decided to write a book about her experience, called Bringing up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. She tells Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin that the idea for the book came to her in a sort of "epiphany" when she was eating out with her husband and her daughter, who was 18 months old at the time."[My daughter] was refusing to eat anything but sort of pasta and white bread. And I suddenly looked up and I realized that the French families all around us were having a very different experience — that their kids were sitting in their high-chairs, enjoying their meals, eating their vegetables and fish and all kinds of other things and talking to their parents. ... They weren't being seen but not heard. They were enjoying themselves," Druckerman says."
I saw some interesting comments on various sites. Here is one: "Perhaps the French children repress their anxieties and hostilities until they participate in their mass labor strikes and demonstrations?" The main theme from American media seems to be that french parent's emphasis on developing a child's independence may explain why they yearn to become dependants of the state when they grow up.
What next why English parenting is better -- e.g. English children force fed an inedible diet of foodtsuff's e.g marmite, weetabix, lucozade found nowhere else in the developed world and then shipped off to loveless boarding schools, have learnt the lesson not of delated gratfication but no gratifcation.