Chantal - Children

Chantal - Children

Bonjour, my name is Chantal. I’m often told that I’m “so French”. This is, in part, due to my traditional upbringing in Versailles, one of the most conservative cities in France, famous for its chateau, good schools and large families. I have three daughters. They’re model children, cheerful, nice and really fashionable. I’m in Paris almost every afternoon for my charity work and I still work part-time as a dance teacher. When the occasion presents itself, I teach etiquette to children at school. I’ll try and explain why my children get so many compliments.    

Are French children calmer than other kids? Honestly, I have no idea. But I do hear a lot of North American Moms saying how well-behaved French kids seem to be. “How do you get them to sit still like that for an entire  family meal?” they ask. Well, childrearing in France is certainly more laid back than when I was a kid, but it’s still pretty strict about lots of things, and that includes bedtime rules. Preschoolers, for instance, are supposed to be in bed by 8pm at the latest (earlier if they’re sleepy), and too bad if Mom or Dad (or both) aren’t home from work yet. Like all children, after a long tiring day at school, French kids may be cranky, anxious, or rambunctious. How do you get them to sleep under those circumstances?

It’s the new French paradox: we, the French, complain a great deal, don’t have much faith in the future or in institutions and yet, with an average of two children per woman, France, along with Ireland, is Europe’s champion. And this isn’t all. When French women are interviewed, 32% of them dream of having three children… A great many experts correlate the birthrate with the rate of growth and the record French fertility rate is certainly enviable …

French style and savoir vivre, good manners, and training in the excellent Académie des Gouvernantes de Paris... French governesses are among the most popular at the moment. But what exactly makes them so special?

With winter approaching, we are extremely excited to upgrade our child's closet.The last few years fashion has seen a great social media influence, which has led to a rise in the number of little-fashionistas taking over social media platforms like Instagram. As a result kid’s fashion has today become fast-moving and cutting edge in many ways.

È la perla nascosta di un gruppo molto particolare. Creato nel 1975 da Marie-France e Bernard Cohen, Bonpoint è entrato quasi trent’anni dopo nel giro dell’holding di famiglia EPI.

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from asparagus to fish or dessert… 

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from foie gras to salad…

Oh yes, Parisian ladies have beaches even in Paris: Paris-Plage. At the core of French manners is the "savoir-vivre" and good behavior. Thus, despite holidays being synonymous with rest and relaxation, one should never forget good manners. Here are some basic rules that a Parisian lady must respect when on the beach, whether she is in Biarritz, Brittany, or on the Côte d'Azur.

Il formaggio è uno dei fiori all’occhiello del patrimonio gastronomico francese ed è il prodotto lattiero caseario più consumato dalla parigina. Ma come tagliarlo secondo la forma come a Parigi?

The Parisian stands straight and walks with her head high. Haughty, superb, proud and snobbish? Not more than anyone else. Perhaps it’s just natural, genetic and involuntary? Certainly, the Parisian is aware that she belongs to an elite lucky enough to live in the city of light, the capital of style and romance. Does the way she carries herself have anything to do with this? Or is it a question of upbringing that engenders such haughty behavior? So, improve your posture and borrow an “unwittingly” superb attitude and perhaps obtain this, so Parisian, slightly snobbish charm.

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