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.    

Eh sì, le Parigine hanno le spiagge anche a Parigi, Paris-Plage, e il “savoir-vivre” e il comportamento da avere con gli altri sono fondamentali nell’educazione francese: le vacanze sono sinonimi di riposo e di relax, senza dimenticare mai la buona educazione. Ecco alcune regole base che deve rispettare una parigina quando sta sulla spiaggia, che sia a Biarritz, in Bretagna o sulla Costa Azzurra.

Parigi pullula di eventi e di divertimenti per i bambini ! Se molte sale da spettacolo propongono attività a loro dedicate (marionette, circhi, maghi, narratori o cantanti), anche i musei offrono delle belle sorprese, con grandi mostre dedicate all’infanzia. I ristoranti che si rivolgono ai bambini e che sanno accoglierli ? Ecco la mia selezione personale, menu per bambini, seggioloni, zona sosta per passeggini e carrozzine, spazio giochi per i più piccoli. Andare al ristorante con i bambini non sarà più un incubo per voi. Per una « 3 giorni » a Parigi con bambini di età dai 7 ai 12 anni, o molto più piccoli, ho trovato per voi due link veramente al top…

Are French children, quieter, more polite and pleasant than others?  I can assure you that young Parisians also have bad marks at school, from time to time, do not really like going to bed at night and have an artistic bent not always to our tastes when they do street-art in their bedrooms. So then, between the young mother always impeccably dressed and her model children, what is the key to the success of this French-style upbringing? …

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 …

If you’re moving to Paris with teenagers, your teens will be mixing with French teens, which means some pretty strange words will be coming out of their mouths  French teens, like teens everywhere, have their own special language. Don’t panic. We’re here to help.

Essere parigina, Vuol dire anzitutto essere e sentirsi libere: di pensare quello che vogliamo, di poterlo esprimere, di potersi vestire come ci pare e di vivere la propria bellezza, la propria femminilità come la sentiamo… e tutto ciò malgrado le responsabilità, le regole sociali o le origini. Vuol dire essere quel che abbiamo voglia di essere, anche se il prezzo da pagare è alto: in termini di energia, è una spesa pazzesca…

Elegance is a quality of a person presenting a certain refinement and ease in form and movement and, by extension, a person dressed with care as well as sobriety in a non-exaggerated style. However, elegance involves a great many other aspects based on relations with others and the outer world. For example, elegance is the ability to convey strong emotions without being invasive, or show interest in people and things without turning it into a narcissistic curiosity by a desire to stand out, or even to avoid exhibiting ones own abilities and talents. The philosopher Giacomo Marramao tells us more…

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?

“Tomorrow’s Christmas! Paris has been getting ready for three weeks. From the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysees, to elaborate window displays at the capital’s most famous department stores, everything is magical and enchanting. “C’est TELLement magnifique”, says Mom. My name’s Emmie. I rewrote my letter to Santa Claus five times. It’s not because I kept changing my mind about what Christmas presents I wanted; it’s because I couldn’t find the right words to get him to stay an extra ten minutes at our house so I could give him a hug and talk with him. Daddy said not to be too hopeful. Santa has a lot to do on Christmas Eve and probably won’t have a second to spare.

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