It's a myth that French children always behave when eating out
Let's start with that book. It's not a bad book as parenting manuels go but when it comes to how French children behave in a restaurant...it is total BS
Yes, while eating out in France I have seen the perfect French children. But I have also seen the perfect English children back home in the UK, and the perfect American children in the US.
I've seen them and you've seen them. But let's face it they are not our kids. Or, the majority of kids in any of these countries.
Just recently on a French break we witnessed this myth being shattered.
The worst case being in a lovely little créperie in Falais. The boy was around seven or eight and really flipped out complaining to his Mother, Father and Grandmother that he didn't want to be there. He was loud, screaming and even kicking out.
It is one of the worst tantrums I've seen and much worse than our two have managed (so far!). I felt really, really sorry for those parents but lets face it. Myth well and truly busted.