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Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting


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metalsusan, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by metalsusan)
If I was thinking about starting a family this is the book I would read. The author gives us a excellent picture of why French parenting practices work and how to use them. She makes it clear that she is an America living in France and talks about what that means for her family. I loved her frank way of speaking about her own life living in a country with a social health system, subsidized child care programs and babies who sleep through the night at 3 months.
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Sally Galbraith, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Sally Galbraith)
Great book to read if you're expecting!
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rebeccalavelle, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by rebeccalavelle)
This is the best parenting book I have ever read! Great tips and a whole new perspective on being a parent. It's so good I have extra copies of this book to loan out to people
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Lynn Lesperance, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by Lynn Lesperance)
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected. I thought it would be something I would just kind of dip into to see what it was all about but it captured my attention right from the start and turned out to be a fun and engaging memoir. Pamela Druckerman and her husband start a family in Paris, where the author sets out to discover why French moms and their children seem so much calmer than Americans. Is there a secret, or secrets? Well, yes, and no, sort of. Laugh out loud funny in places, this book will give the reader lots to think about regarding child-raising and life in general.
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rebeccalavelle, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by rebeccalavelle)
The advice in this book, backed up with anecdotal evidence and real research studies, has got my 2 month old sleeping through the night, self-soothing, and becoming a generally happy baby! Ever new mom I know will be getting this book as a gift for their baby shower. It is the best parenting book I have read, and entertaining to read as well! I want to raise my baby to be a French baby!
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Druckerman, Pamela
Penguin Press
Biography - General
Child Care and Parenting-Mothering
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8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Living in Paris has allowed American journalist Druckerman (Lust in Translation) a riveting glimpse into a calmer, rational, sage way of raising children. With three children of her own, all born in Paris and happily bilingual, Druckerman wanted to find the key to forging the well-behaved youngsters she witnessed in parks and restaurants — infants who sleep through the night at two months, children with table manners, who don't interrupt adults or eat between meals. It starts, apparently, with calm, sensible French mothers, who don't become enormously self-indulgent during pregnancy, but quickly lose the baby fat after birth and rarely breast feed. The French health system helps by its generous maternal and child-care policies. Babies are treated as rational creatures, expected to 'self-distract' in order to fall asleep (Druckerman calls the essential lapse in response time 'La Pause'), and wait to eat when everybody else has their meals, four times a day, including the 4 p.m. sweet time called le gouter. Instead of rushing to satisfy or stimulate a child á la Americain, the French are keen on aiding kids to discover on their own, developing autonomy with the help of a cadre, or frame, which is firm but flexible. Citing Rousseau, Piaget, and Françoise Dolto, as well as scores of other parents, Anglophone or French, Druckerman draws compelling social comparisons, some dubious (e.g., Frenchwomen, unlike Americans, don't expect their husbands to help much with housework, thus eliminating 'tension and resentment'), others helpful (insisting that children try new foods at each meal to broaden their palates), but she is ever engaging and lively to read." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Marvelous....Like Julia Child, who translated the secrets of French cuisine, Druckerman has investigated and distilled the essentials of French child-rearing....Druckerman provides fascinating details about French sleep training, feeding schedules and family rituals. But her book's real pleasures spring from her funny, self-deprecating stories. Like the principles she examines, Druckerman isn't doctrinaire.”
"Review" by , Bringing Up Bébé is a must-read for parents who would like their children to eat more than white pasta and chicken fingers.”
"Review" by , “On questions of how to live, the French never disappoint....Maybe it all starts with childhood. That is the conclusion that readers may draw from Bringing Up Bébé.” The Wall Street Journal
"Review" by , “French women don't have little bags of emergency Cheerios spilling all over their Louis Vuitton handbags. They also, Druckerman notes, wear skinny jeans instead of sweatpants. The world arguably needs more kids who don't throw food.” Chicago Tribune
"Review" by , “I’ve been a parent now for more than eight years, and — confession — I’ve never actually made it all the way through a parenting book. But I found Bringing Up Bébé to be irresistible." Slate
"Synopsis" by , The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France's amazingly well-behaved children.

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a "French parent." But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?

With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate — and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting. Researched over three years and written in her warm, funny voice, Bringing Up Bébé is deeply wise, charmingly told, and destined to become a classic resource for American parents.

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