The French, I found, seem to have a whole different framework for raising kids. When I asked French parents how they disciplined their children, it took them a few beats just to understand what I meant. “Ah, you mean how do we educate them?” they asked. “Discipline,” I soon realized, is a narrow, seldom-used notion that deals with punishment. Whereas “educating” (which has nothing to do with school) is something they imagined themselves to be doing all the time.
From "Why French Parents Are Superior by Pamela Druckerman" | Wall Street Journal
A fascinating (comparative) look at parenting. Read the whole thing. How does this compare to Amy Chua’s "Tiger Mom" approach?