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Help Your Child Nail the School Admission Interview!

Feeling nervous about your little one's admission interview with Monsieur Director at the exclusive International School in Paris?



La Mom's here to help. I've got a sure fire way for your child to nail their admission interview. It's called The FN Method and it's been tried and tested by La Mom, Georgia Mom, and South Carolina Mom. It works! And it only costs $7.00!



Never heard of The FN Method? Well, you can find it at WHSmith's on the… Continue

Added by La Mom on July 25, 2010 at 8:08am — No Comments

The Ultimate French Fashion Accessory

You just slip out the back,

Jacques

Make a new plan,

Stanislas

You don’t need to be coy,

LeRoy

Just listen to me

Hop on the bus,

Gustave

Don’t need to discuss much

Just drop off the key,

Louis

And get yourself free…



Lyrics by Paul Simon and La Mom




Jacques had a problem. Make that a gros problème. Married life was nothing like it was cracked…

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Added by La Mom on March 2, 2010 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Flashing - French Style

I’ve discovered there’s more than one way to be the most popular mom at the school fair.



Some mamans slave over homemade madeleines, some donate bottles of Château Margaux wine to the raffle, and then there’s my tactic.



Flash the dads.



OK, so it wasn’t a part of the original plan. Last Friday was our first-ever school fair – and I was feeling the pressure. I knew I’d see Arabelle, the snooty Alpha-Maman who somehow managed four small children, ran the PTA… Continue

Added by La Mom on July 15, 2009 at 11:01am — No Comments

Nanny Don'ts

The new nanny started last week and I don't think our association will make it to the end of next week.



So once again, I'm nanny hunting. DO NOT APPLY IF YOU PLAN ON DOING THE FOLLOWING:



-Asking for August vacation dates on your first day at work (in January).



-Asking for a salary advance on your second day at work.



-Showing up 20 minutes late on your third day at work (with the lame excuse that you got stuck in your buiding's… Continue

Added by La Mom on January 17, 2009 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Le Freak, C'est Chic...Freak Out!

If you live in Paris long enough, you’ll definitely meet a Jennifer. “Jennifer” is La Mom’s code name for the typical American girl with the Stars’n’Stripes in her eyes and apple pie on her hips.



Jennifer’s story usually goes something like this – she came to the Sorbonne on her junior year abroad, fell in love with the city, fell in love with a French man, and voilà! Ten years and three kids later, she’s living the high life on the Avenue Foch with a live-in nanny, an ugly-ass… Continue

Added by La Mom on January 13, 2009 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Christmas for the Mistress

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through Paris, men made their lists and checked them twice.



Cartier pour Carole…



Boucheron for Brigitte…



And last but not least, a little Van Cleef and Arpels for Valérie.



Yes, Christmas is usually when the Other Women make out like bandits.



But not this year.



According to an article in Point de Vue, the recession will penalize multi-millionaires – and in particular their… Continue

Added by La Mom on December 18, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

Would You Give a Pre-School Teacher a $1700 Designer Bag for Christmas?

What do you get when you combine the following?



8 Americans

4 Brits

2 Canadians

1 Aussie

5 bottles of wine

3 bottles of champagne

3 batches of chocolate chip cookies

1 box of macaron cookies from Ladurée

2 hours of free time

1 book

LOTS of gossip



Le Bookclub.



Last night was bookclub night. We spent only 30 minutes discussing the book we were supposed to read and the rest of the time laughing, eating, drinking,… Continue

Added by La Mom on December 6, 2008 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

I'm (not) Dreaming of Designer Handbag Christmas

What do you get when you combine the following?



8 Americans

4 Brits

2 Canadians

1 Aussie

5 bottles of wine

3 bottles of champagne

3 batches of chocolate chip cookies

1 box of macaron cookies from Ladurée

2 hours of free time

1 book

LOTS of gossip



Le Bookclub.



Last night was bookclub night. We spent only 30 minutes discussing the book we were supposed to read and the rest of the time laughing, eating, drinking,… Continue

Added by La Mom on November 27, 2008 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Inspritation For The Stay At Home Mom

Today I had another visit with my beloved Dr. Vein. I went into the appointment with my head in the clouds - tired from another almost sleepless night (Merci Small Fry). Getting my legs poked and prodded with her magic needle pretty much brought me back to earth, and boy, was I sure glad I was back! Dr. Vein inspired me to take charge of my mommy life. In fact, I'm sure lots of mommies feel the same way. It doesn't matter whether you live in Paris, London, Milan, or Chicago - there comes a time… Continue

Added by La Mom on October 22, 2008 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Why I Love Being La Mom In France

It may seem like most of my blogging has to do with dog doo. That's correct because, unfortunately, when you are mom in Paris dog doo is an ever present companion. Plus don't forget that I have two French Fries under the age of five so my world is filled with references to pee pee and caca everyday. That said, while I hate the dog doo part of Parisian life, there are several things that j'adore about being a mom in France. Et voila!:



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Maternity Leave The legal limit today is… Continue

Added by La Mom on October 22, 2008 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Sex And The City quote:



"Don't worry, sweetie, don't worry! Nobody in New York notices a bus until it's about to hit them! [Samantha]”



In NYC you may get hit by buses, but in Paris you and your kids get yelled on them!



Today, I took the kids to the Park Monceau on the bus. Big Fry loves it because he's big enough for his own seat at the window and I like it because I get to people watch. Today was also the day that Small Fry decided to melt down on La Mom while… Continue

Added by La Mom on October 22, 2008 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Dinner Party Return On Investment

In Paris, almost everybody (especially if you are married with kids) gets invited to or throws dinner parties in their apartments on Saturday evenings. It’s customary to bring the hostess a gift (in addition to an excellent bottle of Saint Emilion or Champagne). Usually flowers or candles do the trick.





Last night, we attended a dinner party of American & English playgroup parents. The parents all had classic expat professions: lawyers, IT execs, diplomats. Then there was… Continue

Added by La Mom on October 14, 2008 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

The Difference Between French and American Kids

Farts.



French kids don't cut cheese (even though they eat a ton of the stuff!), American kids do.

At least, that's how the French moms acted over the weekend.



On Saturday, I took Small Fry to her music class. It's a fun class where the kids and moms get to sing nursery rhymes in French and English together. Most kids in my class are Anglophone, but there are about five French kids too. I’ve noticed that the French moms just sit there and don’t really look like they… Continue

Added by La Mom on October 14, 2008 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

My kids share the same French pediatrician as Brad Pitt's kids

From http://lamomparis.blogspot.com/

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La Mom Loves...





I wanted to start the week off promoting various things I like about being a mom in France. I was delayed due to my petite internet connection problem so therefore I will just start now.





La Mom loves...THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL in Paris



Why? Let me count the ways:





Because it’s American (so by definition that means excellent service!!… Continue

Added by La Mom on October 3, 2008 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments

JLB Headed to the Naughty Corner

La Mom will digress from the subject of kids for une petite minute and focus on French politics.



I read with great interest this morning the controversy over Jean-Louis Borloo's "Bonus-Malus" initiative. The Minister of the Environment is headed to the naughty corner this afternoon after his meeting (read: "fessé"/spanking) with daddy Sarkozy. It seems the super ministers at Rue de Grenelle are all over the place announcing new environmental taxes for things such as picnics and… Continue

Added by La Mom on September 24, 2008 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Mommy Profiling in Paris, France

I read an article about how people who get the cold shoulder perceive the temperature in the room they are in to be chilly (3 degrees less than the actual temperature). Coincidentally, it was tres, tres cold today when I did the school run with Big Fry. Pourquoi?



La Mom was on the receiving end of a very direct stare down from one of the French moms in front of the school gates. I couldn't understand why. I mean, I was dressed in my designer jeans, Paul & Joe top, Tod's mules,… Continue

Added by La Mom on September 22, 2008 at 4:40pm — 3 Comments

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