"While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying non with authority.
-Children should say hello, goodbye, thank you and please. It helps them to learn that they aren't the only ones with feelings and needs.
-When they misbehave, give them the "big eyes"—a stern look of admonishment.
-Allow only one snack a day. In France, it's at 4 or 4:30.
-Remind them (and yourself) who's the boss. French parents say, "It's me who decides."Don't be afraid to say "no." Kids have to learn how to cope with some frustration.