Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Guest Blogging

I'm a guest blogger today! Expat Mama was kind enough to invite me over to her place and give my opinion about a book, Perfect Madness, regarding the culture of motherhood in the US and France. Check it out!

-- said Auntie M in Paris
7:57 AM



Blech! Not looking.

# posted by RighteousBiche : 11:55 AM  

great great post, i learned a lot!

# posted by irene : 12:07 PM  

Great post - bring it over to here! I think your open mindedness sure has helped things along in living overseas. Terry in SF

# posted by Anonymous : 3:12 PM  

guest blogging, how fun, ya done great...
hmmm.... grass is not greener
and it ain't the 1950's anymore...
ok, when i dream of france it will be for the art, food and the eifel (sp?) tower
gee whiz people, not just french are missing out if they are doing all that waiting

interesting ideas that I'd not thought of before because there is so much division here in the u.s. between working moms, at-home moms

# posted by Patty : 4:59 PM  

Great post.
Very interesting. I feel that the school system here is moving more towards what you describe in France. Alot of parents work and it would be easier to have school the same as work hours for them.

Is there an option to homeschool your children in France?
Just curious. Many homeschool families have their own "network" of friends and playdates.

Just Curious

# posted by BohemianMama : 7:37 PM  

RB, No problem.
Irene, Thanks!
Terry, I hate controversy, so I don't think I'll bring it over here, but thanks. I believe that most of us are doing the best job and trying to make the best choices we can as parents.
Patty, As someone who was a working parent and now is a stay-at-home mother, I know that the divide is great and we all wonder if we are making the right choices.
BM, I would hate for my kids to rely on me for their schooling! I think I'd be terrible. Apparently, home schooling has been growing in popularity in France, at least that is what someone has told me.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 10:32 PM  

Auntie - I'm not crazy about the author; that's why I wrote that. I hope you didn't think it was all too controversial, though! Exchange about these things is meant to be fun!

Just to clarify, mandatory school actually starts at 6 in France. But most people consider "la maternelle" free daycare, hence the popularity, but also some of the problems found in the less affluent neighborhoods.

For homeschooling info (if you read French): www.lesenfantsdabord.com
It is legal, but still a bit of a hassle (home visits by social workers and other red tape), not to mention the difficulty of doing something completely counter to the mainstream.

# posted by RighteousBiche : 2:10 PM  

Auntie M.,
My child is in CP already, but his cursive is atrocious-he's probably going to have to make up a year! Where can I find a doctor person who will make his handwriting better? The only reason he's in CP is because he attends a private school, I'm sure! I'm serious about the request so if you know of anyone, please let me know.
Desperate in Paris

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