3 ways school French lessons prepare you for parenthood

I’m finding something a bit odd happening, as my children start their journeys through the school system.  All these memories of my own school days are starting to come back!

I’ve found myself thinking about all the different things I learnt, and how much of it has actually been of any real use in adult life.

Honestly, I’m not sure how much I’ve used quite a large amount of what I studied at school.  Although some things are coming back to me and coming in handy as Rhys is starting to ask questions about maths and biology and the world around him.

So maybe we just learn things in school so that we can then help our children learn about them when they go to school!

Maybe school is just preparing us for when we become parents and have to teach our children things.

Which got me thinking.  About school, and then about French lessons in particular, as that’s one subject I’ve actually made a fair bit of use of out in the real world.  All of which led me to this.

3 ways school French lessons prepare you for parenthood.

3 ways school French lessons prepare you for parenthood

1. You get used to pretending you understand what someone is saying to you.

I shouldn’t admit this really, seeing as my mum was a French teacher for years, but there were definitely times at school when I would act as if I knew what was being said to the class.  All that smiling and nodding was great practice for having a toddler who likes to jabber scribble at you and expects you to respond in some way, even when you have no idea what they’re trying to tell you!


2. You learn to tell white lies.

Remember in school you would go round the class and say, in French, what you had done at the weekend?  Well I would have won wimbledon if I actually played tennis as much as I said I did back then!  Come on, I can’t be the only one who relied on “j’ai joué au tennis” pretty much every week.

All of this lying though, was just preparing us for having children.  Who hasn’t lied at least once to their children about the ice cream van playing music when they’re run out of ice cream, or you know, Father Christmas and the tooth fairy!


 3. You master role play skills.

All those hours spent in pairs at school, pretending to be customers and shop keepers.  Buying imaginary train tickets and asking for directions to the library.  It wasn’t in vain!  It was training for the hours and hours and hours you would spend with your toddler.  Pretending to be customers and shop keepers.


There you go, three really useful skills you didn’t even realise you were learning at school!  And I’ve not even mentioned the fact that it can be really handy to be able to speak another language when you want to discuss things in front of your children that you don’t want them to know about!



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  1. 18/03/2017 / 10:14 pm

    Hehe this made me giggle. French has also helped me to have a big swear, while my hubby and babe have no idea what I’m saying!


    • This glorious life
      27/03/2017 / 10:36 pm

      Ha, it’s great for that isn’t it! I remember being taught some good ones when I was a teenager on holiday! x

  2. 18/03/2017 / 11:13 pm

    We certainly did the speaking in French thing in front of our kids when we didn’t want them to understand, it was a huge asset! #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life
      20/03/2017 / 9:42 pm

      Haha, it can come in really handy can’t it! x

  3. 19/03/2017 / 8:29 am

    Hahaha yes! That’s very true! I guess learning basics from scratch is what toddlers are doing too, so t makes perfect sense 😀 #thelistlinky

    • This glorious life
      27/03/2017 / 10:37 pm

      It does all sort of fit doesn’t it! x

  4. 19/03/2017 / 3:01 pm

    So true – I spent years talking about how much I wanted to go to the beach and loved swimming in my french lessons… it was all I could remember!! #kcacols

    • This glorious life
      27/03/2017 / 10:38 pm

      Ha, so you went for swimming instead of tennis then! x

  5. 21/03/2017 / 2:48 pm

    hee hee this made me chuckle. I actually got a GCSE in french but can’t understand a word of it now its actually really embarrassing! I hated french lessons but I love being a mummy so at least not everything is comparable. #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life
      21/03/2017 / 6:35 pm

      It’s scary how much you forget isn’t it! But at least you did learn some essential skills for parenthood! x

  6. 22/03/2017 / 8:50 pm

    Haha these are fab, I did wonder what you were going to say! Agree wholeheartedly with all three points though! #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life
      27/03/2017 / 10:17 pm

      Haha, glad you liked it! x

  7. 26/03/2017 / 1:07 pm

    Even now, a few decades on I can ask for a first class stamp or a bedroom for two people! I might not understand the replies though!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • This glorious life
      27/03/2017 / 10:39 pm

      That always used to scare me when I was younger – the not understanding the reply part! x

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