My eldest is Charlie and although for the most of it, he is sociable, likeable and very polite, like all 3 year old boys in the UK, he comes with his foibles! He can tantrum, have a stinking attitude when he wants and although I consider my partner and I disciplinarians, when he's "on one," I find it incredibly hard to reign him in! Since he was very small, he ALWAYS wakes in the night. Anything from 1-2 hours. He's no bother but on his bad nights, he is understandably shattered the next day which is when he plays up the most.
It may have seemed to me in my grumpiness that all young children in the UK behave that way but its depressing to read someone normalising the behaviour but that is indeed the impression that parents of what I refer to as "expressive children" give out, that its normal behaviour and the rest of society are out of kilter, maybe I am/we are, maybe there has been a quantum shift from my childhood when all I heard was "children are to be seen and not heard" and "you only speak when spoken to"
As I am typing this I can see/hear a 3 year old girl throwing a screaming fit in the GP's surgery on "GP's behind closed doors" how can it be that so many 3 year olds have managed to exercise total control over their adult parents?
Aside from the behavioural différences of the children in the UK and France I find that in French families where make no mistake the children are the parents number one priority that the children do not believe that they are the centre of the universe, that they are princesses etc, it must be a real culture shock when these children leave education and have to face the reality that the world is not a gilded cage, that there is high unemployment and it takes a lot of hard work and effort to succeed against the odds.