Monday, December 6th

We’re settling into winter at the cottage….which means there’s not much to report.  Craig is still fighting with the electrical system on the boat….hopefully, he’ll win.  I’m working on our upcoming trip to Egypt…..making sure everything is booked correctly.  Sooooo… it’s time for more musings.  This time… children.

Watching French school children is a joy.  They often go on field trips, so we’ve seen them here and there on our travels.  What strikes us each and every time is how well behaved they are.  If there’s hyperactivity or ADD here, they sure know how to control it.

Just like the “Madeline” books, French schoolchildren walk two-by-two, hand-in-hand.  There’s no loitering, no teasing, no kicking, no crying…..just well-behaved children following their teacher.  What do they know here that we don’t know at home? 

Dans une vieille maison à Paris qui a été couverte de vignes vécu douze petites filles dans les deux lignes droites…..In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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3 Responses to Monday, December 6th

  1. Patti Van Der Kamp says:

    It WOULD be interesting to know what the school sytem knows…and how they enforce it….what a dream that would be!

    • I think it’s a combination of things…..the French have very stringent behavior standards and they eat less sugar and junk food. I’m sure there are hyperactive children here and they might be on ritalin or some other drug but, overall, children here behave well because it’s expected of them…..the reins are much tighter here.

  2. Susan says:

    I read a quote recently from a French actress who is raising her children elsewhere. She said, with shame, that her children did not have “French manners” which means they probably act like American kids. The book “French or Foe” explained very well how French children are trained to act in public. Way different then here in the U.S.

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