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Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting)

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14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Merely being openminded

This is a book about her experiences and the differences in the culture, her and this other mother from France are simply comparing notes...its very interesting and some points from the book I will adopt! NO ONE knows the absolute way to parent a child. I did enjoy thi...
This is a book about her experiences and the differences in the culture, her and this other mother from France are simply comparing notes...its very interesting and some points from the book I will adopt! NO ONE knows the absolute way to parent a child. I did enjoy this book!

posted by Alliooopa on February 7, 2012

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

interesting read

I enjoyed this book for the story telling and the observations in French parenting. It seems the author knows some exceptionally neurotic American parents, so I found some of the generalizations extreme. French parents seem to have very well behaved childen, per this bo...
I enjoyed this book for the story telling and the observations in French parenting. It seems the author knows some exceptionally neurotic American parents, so I found some of the generalizations extreme. French parents seem to have very well behaved childen, per this book. What was missing were studies proving that these were truly happier children whom become happier, well adjusted adults.

posted by 8948132 on May 17, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    interesting read

    I enjoyed this book for the story telling and the observations in French parenting. It seems the author knows some exceptionally neurotic American parents, so I found some of the generalizations extreme. French parents seem to have very well behaved childen, per this book. What was missing were studies proving that these were truly happier children whom become happier, well adjusted adults.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Author rambles a bit... (so far)

    I must say that the nonstop references to What To Expect When Youre Expecting get kind of... annoying. Being a mom of a 1 yr. Old and 6 months pregnant too Ive seen about everything in there a billion times and while I may not agree with everything, I cant see how someone could see it all so negatively. Its a guide, not step by step instructions. Havent ,made it through the book yet but as far as the authors description of what the American pregnant woman is like, I cannot relate. I love being pregnant! There are always possibilities but as long as you speak with your doctor about any concerns he (or you) have and always do what you feel is best for baby and yourself alike, why not have faith and enjoy the biggest role youll ever play in your childs life? Im ready for the actual parenting part, tired of the pre-parenting. I hope this gets more fun to read!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Interesting

    A different take on parenting that is well worth reading. It made me believe my mom was French. The writing was a bit choppy at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    The difference is what French and American mothers experience in

    The difference is what French and American mothers experience in child rearing is note worthy. Though the French do not think they are doing anything note worthy, they have a sense of decorum and self preservation me and my American friends long for. They are clearly doing something right and I will strive to emulate it.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    Good book. I wouldn't give it as a gift but I'm not bummed that

    Good book. I wouldn't give it as a gift but I'm not bummed that I spent the money to buy it. A lot of this book is a bit over the top on trying to show the differences in parenting because in the end, it's not about who does it better French or American or British... There were some very interesting insights into the culture of raising kids and I enjoyed that. I think that a lot of the differences in the culture of raising children stems from location, direct location as in city or suburb, farm or subdivision. If I lived on a country road in France next to rolling hills and farms, my kids would likely have more freedom to roam and grow into independent beings.

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