Feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by parenting demands? Perhaps you need a little more joie de vivre in your parenting approach. The French are known for their joyful approach to food, but what about parenting? French parents believe that a balanced life is a happy one and don't assume that becoming a parent means sacrificing all. French mamans take a pragmatic, practical approach to parenting. They don't spend their days shuttling children to and from activities or obsessing over which parenting philosophy to follow. Critics might find French mothers and fathers aloof, distant and cool, but a 2002 study by the International Social Survey Program found that these parents reported higher levels of parenting satisfaction than their American counterparts. Do French parenting strategies really lead to easier and more fulfilling parenthood? Read on and decide for yourself.