I enjoyed the narrator as she did a wonderful job with the pronunciation and comical voices of children. I don't normally listen to books on audio because it is hard for me to pay attention but with this book, I couldn't help but listen and find more time to listen. One does not realize some of the absurdity of one's own culture until they view it from another culture's eyes. Although this book is not a parenting expert guide, Drukerman quotes many French professionals. She, from her stay in Paris, has acquired some wonderful parenting tips from the French that I will definitely apply when my baby arrives.
This book has many useful tips from bringing up baby! From "the pause" which has been very helpful to parental boundaries. Raising a child is no small task, yet she makes it seem doable and worthwhile. Many interesting topics!
Loved the narration, but this looks more like a book that the author wrote to remind herself that she made a good choice by raising the kids in France. I think that french and american parenting styles are extremes, and advise readers to study other cultures as well. and the most important thing: look at the majority of adults from different cultures to see if parenting succeeded, then draw your own conclussions :)
This book gives a great hint that parents lives should not be focused on the child's live only when he/she is born! And also that a child who is allowed, always only admired and doesn't know word "no" will not be a happy child! Of course all children are different and not all hints will work for all children and all cultures, but the base of this book gives a great perspective on how parents could behave and some things to think through before the child is born! I would recommend this book to all the parents to be!
I didn't finish it I thought the theory in this book was good. She did repeat the same info over and over. Probably about an hour of content repeated to stretch to eight hours.
I've been researching and studying Child Discipline and Parenting for 6 years, and this was the most refreshing "parenting" book I've ever read, hands down. I have a feeling it will always be my favorite! Intriguing, honest, permissible and comforting. Exactly what American parents need to hear.
- This is a story more than a child manual.
- It's ONE woman's first hand experience in raising a family in Paris; in comparison to NYC.
- It has some very insightful methods for bringing up a more patient & respectful child.
- It is worth listen to know how France is doing it.
There were a few things in this book that I found very useful as a parent. However, I had already read those things in the reviews. Sure, it helped to drive home a few important concepts, but overall, I was expecting more. I was more interested in a practical parenting book, and less interested in her life story. It kind of felt as though she was just trying to show off, or brag, most of the time.
Excellent content and narration. Will be recommending this to all my parent friends. Great combination of philosophy and how-to without the usual "my method is best" condescension.