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

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

by Pamela Druckerman
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Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Pamela's easy-going writing style and I'm already almost done with this quick-read. This book isn't a strict "how-to" parenting, but more-so reflections on parenting philosophies based on observations, credible sources, and her life in France. Being surrounded by young people my whole life, and studying Human Development in college, a lot of what she says sounds very plausable and makes biological sense. I hope she writes a follow-up book someday when her kids are older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter recommended this book to me and I loved it! She spent a year studying in France and quickly noticed how the children there are much better behaved than in the US. Having traveled there a few times it's obvious they are taught at an early age how to behave in public. Large groups of five year olds being quiet in the Louve with only a few chaperones? Yes, it's true! As a parent I wish this book had been written about 22 years ago when I had my first child. As an elementary school teacher, I wish every parent would read this and learn something! Respect, patience, and independence are no longer being taught at home! We are too busy telling our children how wonderful they are to make them feel good about themselves. Knowing how to handle small problems and frustration can and should be taught at an early age. I know the French aren't always looked upon favorably in the US, but it sounds like they can teach us something about parenting with grace, dignity, and patience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I deeply enjoyed this book. It had some really great ideas that we've already started to use with our son! Now I feel refocused on my parenting 'style'. There were parts where I laughed so hard when I would realize...I do that too but I never realized how crazy I must look to others! I also never realized how much of how I parent has been culturally influenced...whether it is working or not. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are no parenting books out there that refine the skill set to a science. Parenting styles are different within any existing culture let alone different ones. This is merely one woman's take on her perception of the French. Take it for what it is.
MayMayinTexas More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after seeing an article in Fort Worth Child magazine. Great book, easy to read, wonderful insight on the cultural difference between America and France and how we raise our children. I wish I had this book when my child was an infant (now 5). I appreciate that the French do not try to push their children into the next phase of life rather enjoy where they are and strengthen their current phase. Often French children do not begin to read until age 7, rarely are they pushed into sports, and they are eating off the adult's menu (b/c a child's menu does not exist) as a toddler. Loved it. Well done Pamela Druckerman.
afbrooks More than 1 year ago
This is so true. It brings common sense back into parenting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book five stars. It is a wonderfully written view into a mother's own insecurities and questions on how to best handle the world of raising a child. Make sure you go into this with an open mind and if you raised your children differently don't take it as in insult. Just another way of looking at things. With that view, this book is charming, uplifting and entertaining. I will try to implement some of these ideas with our new little one comming soon.
ivyNYC More than 1 year ago
As a European living in the US and getting ready to become a mom for the first time I find this book to be very interesting and useful. Of course it's a somewhat subjective point of view, but so is any parenting advice. Lots of great examples and funny anecdotes! My husband who is also European and who has plenty of parenting experience raising a child (from his previous marriage) the American way couldn't put the book down. He kept saying "I wish I realized that the first time around but now it's too late". This book should be a must read for every American (or living in the US) parent! Let's take the best from both sides of the Atlantic to avoid being surrounded by child-kings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since she was once a reporter for a well-respected paper, she is simply writing her observations. If you are looking for a scientific breakdown, this is not the book for you. If you want an enjoyable read with some helpful tips, give it a go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find I do implement some French parenting skills already and plan on developing more. A book more Americans should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like all the negative reviews of this book are either that it's not a clear enough guide and she goes on too much, or that they disagree with her about the benefits of French parenting. These readers are missing the point. This book is not a parenting manual it's a memoir about one woman's experience raising children in Paris and reasearching French parenting philosophy. As someone currently expecting her first child, I find it very interesting to read about other parents experiences, and I highly reccommend this book to anyone else looking to read about some different perspectives. If, on the otherhand, you are looking for a guidebook- look elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like it would all be common sense, but I find that the art of raising children might be on a decline in our society where we are all so "busy". It's interesting to take a peak into another culture and see how they do things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting to compare French parenting with American parenting in this book. In doing so, the author provides some parenting ideas that American parents might want to employ in raising their children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this book had been written eleven years ago my life would have been easier, more enjoyable and my children would be happier. The author literally had me laughing out loud. I think every American parent or parent to be should read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so on point with everything that is wrong with how Americans parent their kids. Although I believe that some of her concepts would be difficult to actually carry out, I strongly believe in the overall theories and will do my best to employ them in my own house. I highly recommend this book. Parents who follow the attachment parenting method will most likely not enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Excellent eye opener to the science behind raising healthy babies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SpeedReader32 More than 1 year ago
Her specific observations were interesting and she told them in an interesting way. There were some parts that went a little long, but overall a good read for a soon to be mom! It's made me look around and observe parent/child interactions and draw my own conclusions. I recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better parenting philosophy type books I've read. Simple and logical. I've been recommending this to my friends.
lezgirl0109 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from a friend when she found out we were expecting. I have not been able to put it down. I have tagged many pages and highlighted so much to go back to. I can't wait to but it to use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an excellent and interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm preparing to have my first baby and really enjoyed reading this book. Informational, but entertaining. I love the way her observations and research blend with her real life antidotes. A lot a great ideas/thoughts on parenting, with the overall tone of every baby and mother is different. I didn't feel it was critical, just her observations and personal experience. I hope to remember and utilize many concepts.
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