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French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Self reflection

    This book holds up a mirror to parents of overly indulgent children that are making eyes roll both here and abroad. Very refreshing ideas and simple tweaks to rein in the little angels and once again domesticate our little ones. I will be handing copies of this book to all new parents, as my own dog eared copy never leaves my diaper bag!
    Simple, easy to follow, much needed common sense approaches to raising children.

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

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    Catherine Crawford is unabashedly obsessed with all things Frenc

    Catherine Crawford is unabashedly obsessed with all things French. This struck a chord with me; I am the same way with all things Italian! Her book French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting is not a dry comparison of the parenting styles of two cultures. Instead, the writing style is very casual and light. It almost has a blog-like chattiness about it. The tone caught me off-guard at first, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. It kept the reading quick and fun.

    There was so much great information in this book! I discovered that many of my own views on parenting - whether I've put them into practice yet or not - line up with those of the French. This is not a barrage against American parenting. Crawford admits her bias toward the French, but she does not paint a glorified picture of the French style of parenting, either. Rather, she searched for (and I think, found) a balance, an ideal middle ground between two cultures she greatly appreciates.

    The pregnancy section was my least favorite part of the book. My husband and I brought our preemie home from the NICU a month before her due date, still weighing less than 4 lbs., so some of the things scoffed at in this chapter ended up being important for us to use/worry about. Plus, I can't stand the word preggers. I realize these two points are simply my own hang-ups.

    French Twist offers a lot of practical ideas, some of which I've already tried with my 3 1/2 year old with a good bit of success! Crawford talks about the things she tried, what worked, what didn't, and why. She learned ways to teach her kids to be happy playing independently, to learn how to contribute to a conversation rather than hijack it, and to appreciate beautiful things, among so many other things.

    This book made me feel good about so many things I feel I'm doing well as a mom! It gave me food for thought on how to make some changes I've been wanting to make, and it gave me some completely new ideas I hadn't considered before. The insights into the French way of life were fascinating, especially the differences in their educational system (and school lunches!) compared to ours. I most loved reading about the positive changes in Crawford's family, particularly the fact that her girls are now able to leisurely enjoy a long meal with their parents, laughing and talking without the need for distractions or other entertainment.

    If you enjoyed books such as Bringing Up Bébé and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm, you won't want to miss Catherine Crawford's French Twist.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    The premise for the book is the author's view that we have lost

    The premise for the book is the author's view that we have lost control of our kids, and as a consequence, have lost control of ourselves.  Like a few other books about American mothers wanted to teach their children like the French children, Catherine Crawford reaches out of her friends.  After reading this book, and a few others, I have to agree.  French mothers have something great figured out!  Catherine explains their methods to keep their children quiet, calm, and well behaved.  The tips are funny, straight forward, and simple!  This book was a wonderful read and I couldn't put it down.

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