French Kids Eat Everything (and Yours Can, Too)

French Kids Eat Everything (and Yours Can, Too)

How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Healthy, Happy Eaters

Book - 2012
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When Karen Le Billon moves with her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, she doesn't expect to be bombarded with rules about feeding her children. But that is exactly what she encounters - lectures for slipping her fussing toddler a snack or forbidden from packing her older daughter a lunch in lieu of the elaborate meal on the school menu. Her first reaction is to resist, but then she becomes intrigued by the fact that French children appear to eat everything - from beetroot to salad to mussels to muesli - and she soon sees the wisdom in the food rules. In this book she suggests that we need to dramatically rethink the way we feed children. Combining personal anecdotes with practical tips and appetizing recipes, this is a book that every parent can use.
Publisher: Toronto : Collins, c2012
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443408370
Characteristics: 305 p. : ill ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wright, Sarah Jane


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Jan 07, 2014

Something about this book just hooked me. I read it from cover to cover and then started again. I had not known about the French attitude to food and to the regimenting of meals. Le Billon posits ten rules that govern food education for children - the first being 'the parent is in charge'. I cheered at this. Closely following this rule is 'set meal times', 'no snacking' and 'try everything at least seven times'. Silently, I shouted at my children 'see, you grew up with Continental rules that work'. I have to say that I wondered about her own upbringing and habits as she is Canadian. I was surprised and realized that she had as much learning to do as her children when they moved to France for a year. Have a read and see what you think. Have a read and see what you think.

Jun 26, 2013

Fantastic book. Read it in one day. Great 'rules', some of which can be applied immediately.

Oct 10, 2012

A good book but I found myself often frustrated by the author's attitude. Many times I wondered if she was caricaturing her own views and actions to provide more of a contrast between North American and French views on raising children.

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