Laissez vos enfants s’ennuyer cet été, c’est le meilleur service que vous puissiez leur rendre. Et voilà pourquoi

Ne pas surcharger les petits d’activités leur permet de développer leur créativité, de trouver leur autonomie, et peut-être même un métier !
Atlantico: L’été approche et les parents cherchent déjà comment occuper leurs bambins pendants ces longs mois par des activités ludiques et sportives. « Grosse erreur! » signalent certains psychologues de l’Université East Anglia de Londres. Que reprochent ces scientifiques à un emploi du temps qui paraît pourtant sain ? Lire la suite

French moms aren’t superior parents—they just have it easier

(…) Before latching onto the next do-it-like-the-French checklist, we should acknowledge the following:

  • French women get paid to have babies. Unlike in the US, new mothers don’t have to take unpaid disability leave to have their kids. They get 16 full weeks of paid leave for the first and second child, and 26 for the third. They also get a government allowance for having kids based on their income, including supplements if they want to go part-time or hire a nanny.
  • French women get affordable and available childcare. Women can take their babies to a crèche, or high-quality day care center, from about six weeks of age (granted, there are often waiting lists), which helps mothers to go back to work. Families pay on a sliding scale based on income and the centers are highly regulated with national standards. And, perhaps most importantly, the staff are well-paid and have very low turnover, unlike in the US, where child care is treated like the wild wild west.
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Website Lists Bethesda as Third Most Expensive City for D.C.-area Renters

Median monthly rents for one-bedroom apartments topped $2,000 in July, data showed

A website for apartment hunters has ranked Bethesda as the D.C. region’s third most expensive city for rental housing.

Median monthly rent for a one-bedroom unit in Bethesda stands at $2,040, according to the data compiled by Zumper. Leading the list was Arlington, Virginia, where the median rent for such apartments was $2,350. Washington, D.C., came in second place with a median rent of $2,150. Lire la suite

Connaissez-vous le Consulat de France 🇫🇷 à…Washington DC?

J’ai fait un petit sondage auprès de quelques personnes qui ont besoin d’un visa long ou court séjour pour se rendre en France et la réponse a été unanime: le service est HORRIBLE et n’est pas à la hauteur des personnes qui y demandent un visa (dont beaucoup sont de hauts fonctionnaires internationaux ou des personnes qui peuvent facilement se taper des billets d’avion First Class). Lire la suite