Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

By Pamela Druckerman

The runaway New York Times bestseller that indicates American mom and dad the secrets and techniques at the back of France's amazingly well-behaved children


When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a toddler in Paris, she did not aspire to develop into a "French parent." yet she spotted that French young ones slept in the course of the evening via or 3 months outdated. They ate braised leeks. They performed through themselves whereas their mom and dad sipped espresso. And but French little ones have been nonetheless boisterous, curious, and artistic. Why? How?

With a computer stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman got down to investigate—and wound up sparking a countrywide debate on parenting. Researched over 3 years and written in her hot, humorous voice, Bringing Up Bébé is deeply clever, charmingly instructed, and destined to turn into a vintage source for American parents.

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Eric wasn’t actually physically present [in the waiting room] during the whole thing. He went out and got a croissant! When they rolled me into the operating room, Eric walks out of the clinic, goes down the street, goes to the bakery, and buys a couple of croissants. ” This is not what Jennifer had envisioned. ’” she says. She mentions that there was a vending machine near the waiting room. He could have bought a bag of peanuts. When Eric tells his own version of the Croissant Story, he gets mad, too.

The French seem to have a whole different framework for raising kids. When I ask French parents how they discipline their children, it takes them a few beats just to understand what I mean. ” they ask. “Discipline,” I soon realize, is a narrow, seldom-used category that deals with punishment. Whereas “educatStyas “eing” (which has nothing to do with school) is something they imagine themselves to be doing all the time. For years now, headlines have been declaring the demise of the current style of American child rearing.

He calls this style “semidetached,” like a London town house. Already, several of our Anglophone friends have left France, usually when their jobs changed. But our jobs don’t require us to be here. The cheese plate aside, we’re really here for no reason. And “no reason”—plus a baby—is starting to look like the strongest reason of all. Chapter 2 paris is burping Our new apartment isn’t in the Paris of postcards. It’s off a narrow sidewalk in a Chinese garment district, where we’re constantly jostled by men hauling trash bags full of clothes.

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