French Parenting

Giving Birth in France: Oh Baby!

Giving Birth in France: Oh Baby!

Everybody likes babies. Ok, maybe not everybody, but most people. Most people like other people’s babies, even if they don’t want any themselves. The French Government likes French people’s babies. And they want them to have more. French Paid Maternity Leave Paid Maternity leave in […]

Why French Parents go on holiday without their kids

Why French Parents go on holiday without their kids

I was surprised to see that someone kept statistics on this, but it is nonetheless interesting: Over 50% of French people (link in french) go on holiday without their children. Anecdotally, I knew this was common from my own circle of French friends, but maybe […]

Raising Bilingual Kids in France | Meet Englishwoman Leila Lorenzo

Raising Bilingual Kids in France | Meet Englishwoman Leila Lorenzo

Maman: What do you want for dinner? Wanna-be Bilingual Toddler: I want lunch! Editor’s note: I love hearing other points of view so we’re introducing a new series where we meet other expats, immigrants, and locals who are Living in France. If you would like […]

Top 20 French Boy Names (with audio pronunciation)

Top 20 French Boy Names (with audio pronunciation)

Who doesn’t love reading a list of baby names? I love baby names, and I always wonder, what if…? Is it too late to change my kids’ names? (Hint: it is. In France, you only have 5 days to pick a name. An administrative hell […]

Top 20 French Girl names (with audio pronunciation)

Top 20 French Girl names (with audio pronunciation)

French baby girl names that also work in English? Easy Peasy. Until you put it into practice, it is. You have to find a name that is not too common, but still pronounceable. A name that both parents like, and a name that all the […]

When French Children don’t dress-up for Halloween

When French Children don’t dress-up for Halloween

It is the middle of May and there was a mad scramble this week chez nous, to try to find a Halloween costume for one of my little Frenchies. It isn’t Halloween of course, that would be too simple. It is middle of *$%£ May […]

When is Mother’s day in France again?

When is Mother’s day in France again?

Eek!! I just realized that Mother’s day is coming up fast!  Or not so fast, depending on where you are. For my mom in North America, Mother’s day is the 2nd Sunday in May, but for my kids in France, Fête des Mères is later. A whole 2 weeks later, which […]

Understanding the French passion for Skiing

Understanding the French passion for Skiing

Hourra, it is les vacances d’hiver in Zone C!  You’re probably wondering, huh?   I will explain: it is winter holidays here in France.  Vacations are big business here, with a large portion of the economy dependent on tourism.  French workers have between 6-12 weeks of holidays, depending […]

Caca Boudin | Your French Children’s first swear word

Caca Boudin | Your French Children’s first swear word

Imagine you have recently moved to France, and put your darling child in a well-reputed French School. You are expecting your sweet little one to become immersed in French culture, speak French fluently, and well, become French. Well, nothing is more French than that famous […]

French children: Sage or Sauvage?

French children: Sage or Sauvage?

Even the fondest parents will agree, little kids can be little monsters. We just don’t expect anybody else call them that! “How dare anyone suggest that they are anything other perfect little angels!?”  Brace yourself.  In France, there is an expression “l’enfant sauvage”.  But let’s […]

How to say Eeny, meeny, miny, moe in French

How to say Eeny, meeny, miny, moe in French

If you have small children, especially if you have more than one, you’ve probably had to try to resolve a few arguments. Even French kids fight a lot, and mine certainly do. “C’est mon tour!  It’s my turn!” “C’est à moi!” “It’s mine!” It is amazing how […]

The French Government wants kids to stop drowning | Here’s how

The French Government wants kids to stop drowning | Here’s how

French people have a lot of holidays. And many beautiful beaches. As wonderful as this might sound, there is a dark side. Too many French children drown every year in swimming pools and beach-side holidays. This is especially the case for small children, with the 0-6 […]


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