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

  • Title: French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters
  • Author: Karen Le Billon
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  • Page: 135
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  • French Kids Eat Everything How Our Family Moved to France Cured Picky Eating Banned Snacking and Discovered Simple Rules for Raising Happy Healthy Eaters French children happily eat everything and most of what they eat is healthy That s not all child obesity rates in France are significantly lower than in North America where poor nutrition is so wides
    French children happily eat everything and most of what they eat is healthy That s not all child obesity rates in France are significantly lower than in North America, where poor nutrition is so widespread that it threatens the health and well being of our children So how do French parents teach their children how to eat so well And how do the French government and schFrench children happily eat everything and most of what they eat is healthy That s not all child obesity rates in France are significantly lower than in North America, where poor nutrition is so widespread that it threatens the health and well being of our children So how do French parents teach their children how to eat so well And how do the French government and school systems support families, teachers, and farmers to provide food education FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING answers these questions, and .Moving her young family to her husband s hometown in Northern France, Karen Le Billon is prepared for some cultural adjustment, but is surprised by the French food education she and her family at first unwillingly receive In contrast to her daughters picky eating habits, French children feed themselves neatly and happily eating everything from beets to broccoli, salad to spinach, mussels to muesli The family s food habits soon come under scrutiny, as Karen is lectured for slipping her fussing toddler a snack a recipe for obesity and forbidden from packing her older daughter a lunch in lieu of the elaborate meal on the school menu.The family soon begins to see the wisdom in the food rules that help the French foster healthy eating habits and good manners from the rigid no snacking rule to commonsense food routines that we used to share but have somehow forgotten Soon, the family cures picky eating and learns to love trying new foods But the real challenge comes when they move back to North America where their family commitment to eating French is put to the test The result is a family food revolution, with surprising but happy results which suggest we need to dramatically rethink both the way we parent, and the way we feed children, at home and at school.Combining personal anecdotes with recipes and practical tips, FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING provides a humorous, provocative look at the way we feed our kids The result is a personal transformation in eating and parenting.

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    1. In this year-long culinary memoir, author Le Billon gets her compliant French husband to move with her and their two small children from Canada to his tiny French hometown for several months, where she discovers that French people respect food and their health too much to stuff themselves with monotonous junk food all day long, and it's apparently such a revelation that she rehabilitates her entire approach to food over it, but she also doesn't make any friends, so she forces her husband and chi [...]

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    2. It really bugs me the way the French think they are so much better than us. Every few months or so there is book telling us all about it. The worst part is that they are mostly correct.I agree 100% with how the French teach their children to eat. They are brought up that vegetables are delicious. Radishes with salt and cucumbers with vinegar are a couple of examples of their "gouter" meal, or after school snack. French children aren't brought up thinking that fruit snacks or processed mac and ch [...]

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    3. A more detailed (sometimes repetitive) look at the subject that most intrigued me about Bringing Up Bebe: the dramatically different approach to food and meals for French families, as compared to North American. Set mealtimes; no snacking whatsoever; healthy, natural and local foods; leisurely family mealtimes where enjoying food and each other's company is the priority; a calm expectation that if you try something enough times, you'll like it--these "food rules" are taken as a given by the Fren [...]

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    4. It's bold, in this day & age, to write a book wherein you admit that your forays into getting your children to eat foods that they were unused to resulted in them going to bed crying & hungry; that you carried ketchup in your purse when you took your kids to French restaurants; that after getting your husband to move back to his hometown in France, you told him a year later that you wanted to move back to Vancouver. And so I give LeBillon kudos for that, while at the same time I wonder h [...]

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    5. This is an easy read, which has become more important to me since I have become the mother of a small child. I do hope to regain my full brain capacity at one point, but now is not the time yet. I already had somewhat of an understanding how these French rules for eating work, as I am originally from Germany where rules are different, but similar to France. One major rule in France is that adults do not snack, and children only snack once a day. I do agree with Billon that here in the US (and in [...]

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    6. Interesting view of eating in France. I take issue with the author's premise that breastfeeding on demand results in the "constant eating" phenomena she finds in N. American kids versus French kids. Rather I would place the blame on the food industry and its constant marketing of "snack" foods to children. It is healthier for the mother and the baby to follow the baby's lead while breastfeeding - this allows the child to learn to eat to satiety, a big part of the French child's education about f [...]

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    7. I was not impressed. The writing was fine, but I felt like there weren't any new ideas. I stopped about a third of the way through and skimmed the rest. She may have been exaggerating about their pre-France eating habits, but they were the kind of habits I'd never allow in my house anyway (short-order cooking, eating nothing-ever- but pasta and parmesan cheese for lunch, and having snacks constantly available) so doing something different was not a revolutionary idea for me. Even the recipes she [...]

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    8. Although I do not have young children any more, I enjoyed reading this book. As a substitute teacher, I go to many different schools and I have previously taught regularly in quite a few more and I am not happy with the eating habits I see kids developing. It started with water. There was a big push to have kids drink more water and since the water from drinking fountains was often not very good, kids started bringing their own water bottles. Then kids would substitute juice for plain water, whi [...]

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    9. A very interesting read about a family who moved to Brittany (France) for a year to live near the husband's family. The wife is Canadian, the husband is French, and they met at Oxford. I thought this made the book that much more interesting. If I dragged my family to France, I doubt I would have gotten as much "inside information" on the way things happen at the family level as this woman did (after all, her in-laws were all there, all French, and firmly committed to the French way of life).I th [...]

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    10. I rather enjoyed this book, and appreciated Le Billon's self-deprecating tone. Le Billon (she's Canadian) and her French husband decide to relocate their family to his small village in Brittany and quickly learn that her kids' eating habits will not cut in the the strict food culture of France. I liked that she both embraced the French food culture and questioned it as well, and acknowledged that there are clear cultural differences in what the French value and what North Americans value. What I [...]

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    11. I would classify two out of my three kids picky eaters. After recently reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman I was in French mode and this book looked interesting. Who wouldn't want to cure picky eaters? I have been experimenting on my kids while reading this book over the last month. As a family we are trying so many new foods and although I can't say they LOVE something like brussel sprouts, they will eat them when I make them into a soup. Which is amazing! It has changed my view on fa [...]

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    12. The author is a Rhodes Scholar and a professor. In typical academic style she is way too repetitive with her points in each chapter. The message of the book and anecdotes are very good, I just think it could have been edited down to less than 100 pages, or made in the form of a cookbook instead, since there are several recipes in the back anyhow. The back cover has an illustrated version of the "10 French Food Rules", and you really could just read those and be done with it. Not really a book th [...]

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    13. I really enjoyed the contrast in the French perception of food vs. those in North America. I am a picky eater (no fruit or seafood) and worry that my kids would inherit the same issues. Without reading this book, I might not have had the tools to prevent my future kids from sharing my anxious relationship with food. In my opinion, the last generation (or two) have lost the basic skills of buying, storing, preparing and eating food. For example, there are many vegetables I don't consider buying b [...]

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    14. I am ambivalent about this book. I agree that North Americans have some serious issues with food that need to be addressed and I liked the recipes in the book--I would have loved more of these recipes and I would have liked them to be interspersed throughout the book closer to the anecdotes about the recipes. I am interested in other cultures and other ways of eating and I found the book fascinating and a bit shocking in parts.On the other hand,(hold your applause AND your rotten tomatoes, pleas [...]

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    15. A really useful, actionable guide to how to inspire a natural love for and curiosity about wide varieties of foods in children. Organized around ten very accessible "rules" (with a heavy but humorous dose of "I-moved-my-family-to-France-for-a-year"). Lots of good practical takeaways to help you wage the uphill battle that is raising an omnivore in America.

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    16. It is too good to be true, it must be propaganda issued by the French government. French children eat everything? EVERYTHING?Well, maybe some of the problems related to what we (and our children) eat are cultural in general and some of the guilt and "need to change" should be focussed more at the parents instead of the children as, after all, maybe the child only does what the child knows? Here in a serious, yet light-hearted text, the author looks at the "education" she and her family received [...]

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    17. 2.5 stars, but who's counting?This book could have been shorter if it was edited better to cut down on the repetition. It seemed like every chapter contained at least a couple introduction pages about the family's situation in France and French culture. It gets pretty tiring reading the same thing over and over again.While it was interesting to read about the differences in food culture between France and North America, I had no sympathy for the woman writing this book. It was her idea to uproot [...]

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    18. If I had to summarize the best advice I got from this book succinctly, it would be: keep trying to give your kids new foods and assume they will eventually learn to like everything, as long as you present it to them repeatedly. (like 20 times) Request that they at least taste everything on their plate, but if they don't like it, remove it from their presence and plan to try again another day. Also, kids don't need snacks and they are the root of the problem with unhealthy eating. (THANK YOU!! I [...]

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    19. I really liked this. I read Bringing Up Bebe and enjoyed this one a bit better although I think they offer different things and I'm glad I read both.What I loved about this book was that she made applying the French perspective doable for a normal North American family in America. (bringing up bebe was more this is how they do it and I was left wondering how we get to that point).I loved how she shared the steps her family took and the steps SHE took as the mom to get her family where she wanted [...]

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    20. To sum up the entire book in a sentence: people will rise or fall to your expectations of them. There are a lot of fun facts about French school menus and statistics about health, but basically that's the book. There are ten "rules," but they don't amount to more than saying "expect your children to eat like adults."Actually, the French approach to children is very much like that. French people see children as adults in training. So from the earliest days of a baby's life, he or she is expected [...]

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    21. Jako za prvé mi přijde debilní stěhovat se s dětmi do jiné země a až potom si uvědomit, že tam vlastně nemám pracovní uplatnění a po roce se zase stěhovat zpátky každopádně jídelní historky se četly dobře a líčení stravování v Severní Americe naopak hrůzně. Dobrá inspirace.

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    22. I found this book inspiring! I am the parent of an adventurous, fruit-and-vegetable-loving four-year-old eater, but I still found plenty to think about and take to heart in this book. The main take-aways for me were:1) Even kids who like a variety of healthy foods will reach for starch, sugar, or processed foods when given the choice. (This seems obvious in retrospect, but I had somehow thought that if I simply cultivated a love of fruits and vegetables in my child, he would eat healthy on his o [...]

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    23. I loved this book. I have not read the controversial "Bringing up Bebe" or "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", but from what I've heard about them, and comparing it to this book, "French Kids" is much better.It is the story of a Canadian who married a Frenchman. When their daughters were about 6 and 2, they moved to Brittany, France for a year to be near his family. Once there, they got a lesson in French parenting and child education. And in France, being "well educated" includes an educatio [...]

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    24. Having just read the best-selling French parenting book "Bringing up Bebe," I launched into a more focused examination of French gastronomie and its impact on their children's eating habits with "French Kids Eat Everything." Le Billon describes (in an admittedly much too long book) her daughters' remarkable transformation from typical North American picky eaters to enthusiasic mini gourmets after her family's move from Vancouver to Brittany. Le Billon translates most of what she learned from liv [...]

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    25. Le Billon makes a compelling case for the superiority of the French way of eating (slow, healthy, thoughtful, and apparently filled with delight) compared to the North American way (quick, sloppy, thoughtless, and unhealthy). I especially liked the point she made about the importance of families sitting down to eat together and how the children learn their food habits from their parents. Much of her advice is common sense and hearkens back to the more traditional way of parenting, where it’s O [...]

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    26. LOVED this book, it inspired me to improve our diet and eating habits. The story is wonderfully warm and human, Karen discusses all her insecurities and thoughts throughout a year of discovery and learning. I found her very relatable. Anyone with young children who dreams of getting them to eat better will enjoy this book.

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    27. French Kids Eat Everything (and yours can too) by Karen Le Billon from Harper Collins 2012I'm always looking for ways to get Miss R to eat better, even though most of my friends and the family doctor don't think she's picky. By reading Karen's book I've discovered that Miss R maybe isn't much different then most of her peers, but that doesn't mean things can't change. French Kids Eat Everything presents things in such a way that it is easy to see where the two cultures, North American and French [...]

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    28. If you are expecting your first child or have young children, read this book NOT Dinner a Love Story. DALS will teach you how to create picky kids This book will teach you how to avoid it in the first place and to fix it if you have already made that mistake.I have had this book on my to read list for months, but because my kids are teenagers, I knew I was not the target audience. I finally read it and I am glad I did. I have to state for the record that I agree wholeheartedly with the French ap [...]

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    29. The author writes about how she changed her kids eating habits to make them more 'French' during a move to that country, and how it made them more disciplined, and helped the entire family to eat more healthily. She raises some interesting points about how we feed our kids - most pointedly, about modern North American snacking. It's no wonder so many kids are obese when we give them unhealthy snacks 3 times a day! She also raises good points about eating slow, and taking a little more time to pr [...]

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    30. I just met a wonderful man from France and he is trying so hard to learn English. Believe it or not he actually seems to be surviving here. In America, eating American food! It can be done and the rest of us must suffer through it.One thing I wanted to know: How do their calories compare to ours? We snack but if you eat for four to six hours what is your calorie count?I know they are on to something. I often marvel when I go to the swimming pool at all the eating that takes place there. I rememb [...]

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