ABC Guide to Parenting in Paris


Europe is a strange little place. All the countries are so close and small and yet they are so different in so many ways. The language, the houses, the systems and food; everything changes once you drive over a (nowadays) almost invisible border.

I spoke fluent French when I first moved to Paris, but even with that advantage, I was lost trying to figure out the different health system, school system, tax system, bank and so on. This is were I came across Message, an organisation run by Anglo mothers and parents in Paris. Every couple of years they bring out a book called the ABC of Parenting in Paris with all the information about parenting in Paris. It is an invaluable source of knowledge if you are new to France and trying to navigate the system. If you are thinking of moving the Paris, also check out the Message website, it is a great way of gathering information and getting to know other English-speaking families in Paris.

- Emilie

P.S. I am also a bit biased towards this particular edition of the ABC of Parenting in Paris, as a photo of little Vivi, taken by the talented Sarah Gardan, was chosen for the front cover.

4 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Berlin Kangaroo | November 15, 2012 | Reply

What a great resource – is there one for (Berlin) Germany?

2. Emilie | November 15, 2012

Good question. Message is only based in Paris, it would be interesting to know if there are similar organisation in other cities. I will research and let you know if I find anything.

3. Sarah | November 15, 2012 | Reply

Wow Em! When did she get so big?! Love the pic. Miss you. Happy Holidays.

4. Esther in Amsterdam | November 16, 2012 | Reply

Of course she was chosen for the front cover. She’s beautiful! xxx

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