Teen Scene

Teen Scene
teen smoking

The Smoking Gun: Parisian Teens and Cigarettes

Nearly every day for seven years now, my morning ritual has included a cloud of smoke hanging over a throng of students, many of whom have a cigarette in hand... No matter which arrondissement teens come from, the clothes they wear and the music they listen to, their main accessory is a cigarette (aka a “clope”).
vineyards in Meursalt, France. © Diane Roberts

Backbreaking Grape Picking in France: You Can Do It!

Who hasn’t dreamed of drifting to the idyllic countryside of France to work side by side with farmers and grape pickers from around the region and the world? 18-year old Diane Robert signed up this summer and shares her experience on her first "vendanges".
Open Letter to parents with children in French schools.

Teen Coach: Open Letter to Families in French Schools

Many of us bash the French school system because our teens are subject to rigorous requirements, tough grading, and receive sparse encouragement from their teachers; while “at home” teachers encourage their students and reward them with easy grading.
Oriana Timsit School Choices

Teen Scene: The Difficult Choice between Fromage and Cheesecake

It’s hard to believe that just one month ago I was landing in New York with a very busy schedule and some important decisions to make. Now it’s time to go back to school in Paris. Yes, the dreaded “rentrée” has arrived. But before I return to sneakers, alarm clocks and the airless metro wagons of line 13 (or as I call it: purgatory on wheels), let me recap my summer.