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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. With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate—and. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Marvelous Like Julia Child, who translated the secrets of French Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Parenting & Relationships. REad E-book Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the with Bébé Day by Day: Keys to French Parenting) pdf full ebook.
This was well-written, easy to read. Much of it validates the Montessori approach to child development, so I recommend reading more on Maria Montessori. I don't think you can create direct comparisons I agree with some of these book advices. It is also a nice summer reading.
Druckerman provides fascinating details about French sleep training, feeding schedules and family rituals. Maybe it all starts with childhood. They also, Druckerman notes, wear skinny jeans instead of sweatpants. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book!
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What truly interested me about this book was its insights into a monolithic culture. Druckerman tells us that her French counterparts are more relaxed about parenting, and it is easy to see why.
Unlike the USA, France does issue handbooks when babies are born. There is, like so many other things in their nation, one approved way of parenting, and everyone agrees to it.
Child care workers, grandparents, teachers, everyone you meet on the street shares the same child rearing philosophy, so French parents have a support system which does not exist in America. Imagine if everyone who came into contact with your children was going to reinforce the very same standards you were trying to teach them.
That alone would make parenting easier. However, this does not mean they are not under pressure.
They may accept the pressures of their society, which are very different from ours, but that is not the same as not feeling them. For example, weight control is a national obsession among the French. Not having regained your figure three months after giving birth is considered shameful. French husbands, doctors, relatives, friends, all feel that a woman who has not lost her pregnancy weight by three months is failing her duty as a wife and woman and will tell her so.
Gender roles are more rigid in France, with women accepting that they will be paid less, and do more child rearing, more housework. Druckerman is impressed that despite this, they complain less. However, her Parisian friends admit that one of the reasons they return to work so soon, keep trim, etc is because "men leave.
Druckerman doesn't investigate these comments, but I wish she had.