Really nice to know a little about French parenting and their fundamentals. I believe this book gave me some great tips on how I can raise my Brazilian/American daughter in the US. Great book for a first time parents who are not happy how all the other kids in the playground behave.
When I read the description of this book, I thought it sounded like a selfish parent's guide to parenting. But a good friend loved it, so I gave it a chance.
Wow, was it eye opening! Instead of seeing the French parenting style as selfish, I see the benefits of adding more structure to the daily routine and meals, can laugh at an outside perspective on the hyper competitiveness we Americans have in sports and academics, and most of all - in one week I have let go of a great deal of guilt I carry for doing anything for myself. I see the great value in letting the kids just explore for long periods of time, and the value of letting them get bored and learn to be patient.
This book is light and entertaining, reads like a novel. The narrator is fantastic!
I'm now listening to it a second time. Can't wait to try out a lot of these techniques!
Oh, and I'm now laughing at all the commercials on kids TV and ads for kids activities that boast to help your child "get ahead", "get a head start", etc. Sheesh - what is the big hurry anyway??
This was one of the best parenting books I've read (and I've read A LOT). Ms. Druckerman clearly and intelligently highlights the alarming overparenting trend I've noticed committed by both my peers and parents of my students (I'm an expectant mom who works in a school) and offers realistic solutions based on her ex-patriot observations of Parisian parents. She by no means degrades her American counterparts and is often self-deprecating in her inability or unwillingness to take the advice of her Parisian friends. After she makes anecdotal observations (generally couched with disclaimers that not all Americans commit the parenting sins she describes, nor do all Parisian mothers make Americans seem like frumpy/frazzled messes with misbehaved children), she consults the research which often supports her points. Need proof? I listened to this book while concurrently reading "Brain Rules for Baby," another excellent parenting book which was written by a PhD- both manuals came to almost identical conclusions on key parenting issues such as sleep, eating, behavior, and setting boundaries. If there was a way to make sure that my future child's parents read these books before deciding to host a playdate, I would do it!
The narration on this book was fine, although the French pronunciations were a little forced. I prefer a milder accent when quoting non-English speakers, not one that is so strong that I needs to add focused attention to ensure I'm interpreting accurately. For example, the term "education" is pronounced: "edz-ooo-cah-see-o" by quoted Parisians. In sentences like this, I'd prefer to understand the content of the message, rather than be pummeled over the head by the fact that the speaker is French.
While having definite opinions on a touchy topic (child rearing), it does it in a non-pushy/non- judgmental way. Really enjoyed the book!
The cooks at the Crevis (sp?). i.e. the cooks at the state daycare.
The personalized sense--which is part of her ability to deliver the message in a non-judgmental way.
I certainly laughed!
Definitely worth it. I am making my husband listen to it as well.
didn't read the print version
i enjoyed the author's ability to self reflect on american and british practices with the strangeness of the french way. And then bring about the logic about why the french do it the way they do.
i like the whole idea of waiting... the idea that a child needs to be educated and not trained - a small adult.
Sometimes being French is Healthy
Yes. The text is natural told, fluent, without too many scientific facts. Be aware: It's not a medic or a scientist writing about babies, it's a mother story. Brilliant.
Sure, her style is super amenable, intelligent and fluid.
She's the best narrator that I've listened so far!French accent, intonation, punctuation, everything perfect. I will search for another titles with her as narrator.
This is my first parenting book of what I'm sure will be many (and yes, the author might make fun of me for that). So I don't have much of a frame of reference for it, but I think it was worth the time. I like that the author had mostly common sense reasons for the techniques she saw used to parent children in France.
the end of the book which showed that the French method does work
French accent - it was interesting to listen to for the first two or three hours, but it sometimes makes you feel tired. Though I don't know how she could show French accent better.
I am pregnant now so I am trying to listen to all the books about kids, so I didn't want to stop.
I liked the book and I liked the french method of bringing up kids, but still I cannot agree with every word. As for me, the success of this method depends on where you live - of course of it is France you will definitely succeed. But I doubt that you can bring up a baby French-style in the USA or Russia (I am from Moscow). There are a lot of interesting thoughts and advice about parenting, but still the most important thing is "the rhythm" which is French and is difficult to have in other countries. Anyway I liked the book and will listen to it again when my daughter is born - many interesting stories of parents and babies to think about.
There was more about Paris culture, women and mother habits in Paris. Very less to take from the book and give it to my American kids.