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.    

You don’t need to have, or to be, a baby to appreciate Bonpoint, the French-based, ultra chic baby apparel brand that all the celebs run to when they find out they're expecting. Regarding the number of celebrity mothers spotted at the flagship-store of Bonpoint, the label is a must: Michelle Obama, Claudia Schiffer, Katie Holmes were here. When Brad Pitt showed up with two girls of the tribe, the magazines went crazy. Bonpoint is a brand that is rich with emotion...

Petit Bateau is a clothing famous French brand mainly for babies, children (and not only…). The brand takes its name from its name from the nursery rhyme ‘Maman les p'tits bateaux qui vont sur l'eau ont-ils des jambes?’. Which has been sung for generations in France. The first boutique opened in 1978 in Paris, today the company has around 400 worldwide boutiques and more than 3,000 employees, most of them are in France at the Saint Joseph de Troyes factory where it all began 124 years ago. Bought in 1988 by Yves Rocher, Petit Bateau is now part of the Rocher Group. 

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. 

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.

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… 

“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.

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.

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