Je ne pense pas que c'est vrai!
I have not read the article (will settle in with a tea first) but in general I have little use for "Swedish mothers are so much better than you ! Or Chinese or ……"
Do the best with what you know where you live.
Edited to add: read it - did not think much of it. So much has been well said by posters upthread. I do not live in the USA but I do visit regularly and I do not think your kids are poorly behaved - the premise of the article was wrong from the start, IMHO.
I also don't buy that french parents are superior because their children are better behaved in public (if indeed they are). Parenting is about way more than if your kids can behave in public. My goal as a parent is to produce happy adults who are self sustaining and capable of going after their goals - and the article does not even touch on those kind of issues. Sitting through dinner without throwing your peas is really superficial, IMHO.
Edited by purslaine - 2/18/12 at 3:26pm