Interesting with a humoristic twist, while giving a lot to think about. However, towards the end tends to repeat itself.
All in all, a good listen
Artist, Baker, Intropersonal skills expert, Mom.
Yes, I've told every pregnant friend I have. Be humble enough to question your parenting, willing to improve and grow. So why not learn from other cultures.
French parenting and food. Oh and their take on pregnancy! Hmm most everything.
I thought this book was easy to listen to and intriguing to get another cultures perspective. I was challenged by the idea of kids eating everything and no kid type foods. Also, by the way the french children sleep all night early on and stay on schedules. Though i think some of the ideas may not work with every child I think the heart of the book is that french parents expect more of their children and learn their children's rhythms which i think is important. Overall I liked the book and thought there were some really great things to try.
the story telling was nice and very attractive and not boring at all. but actually not all advises about kids are doable as not all kids are the same, and we can't apply it due to the difference between all countries and France ! :) and there is a culture difference too, but honesty speaking, there are so valuable information in the book that we can take the benefit of it
the french woman :)
no, it was the first time
yes, but it was too long to finish in one sitting, as I'm a working mother, it makes me feel that being a working mother is a good them, and reduce feeling guilty way more. and made me feel good about myself, made me that I have to focus on myself in order to be a good mother, and I shouldn't let my kid control my universe, and I should make my universe as I wanted to be. good tips about Adult time :)
I was listening to the book while driving to my work, or on my way back, or when I go to make padi/mani :) great book, I really recommend it
absolutely. most of it common sense, but it's nice to just hear it in book form.
it's personal. she gives lots of good examples.
the french. i would not have known how to pronounce "cresh"
i will end up listening to it again.
Say something about yourself!
Having raised my son part time in France and part time in Los Angeles, I agree with almost everything in the book. He was never in a creche but he was in school on both continents every year, took part in la classe verte, went to camp in Switzerland and grew up totally bi-lingual and bi-cultural. After college in the US and Grad School in France he entered the field of International Aid and Development and has lived all over the world. Now that he has his own child, it remains to be seen what, if any, culture he will choose to raise his own child.
My general attitude of "hell is other peoples children" only seemed to apply in the US as I generally found French children totally engaging.
Maybe "child rearing" should be added to "food" on the list of French stuff we should embrace and emulate.
Great plot, great reader, new framework on an old situation and so rational I'd like to start all over- listening to the book and raising my kids.
I'm not a mother or mother to be but I'm interested in how people learn and thought this could be interesting to check out.
I didn't want to stop listening!
I feel like this would be insanely helpful for people with children.
This isn't an American bashing book which is so nice because usually its some kind of 'so and so is better and this is why.' This book isn't like that. It's just a comparison of various aspects of childcare and learning skills of Americans and the French.
This is also a great book for just looking at various cultures and what they view as important.
Very practical advice delivered in an interesting and Enjoyable way.
I loved this book! And i loved the narrator! If only i had this advice when my first child was born. I am definitely applying the French approach. Its hard, for me not the kids. They are more relaxed after only a few days.
Freedom from assumptions
I have heard every terror story about having a child from almost everyone around me. It is nice to know that at least one Mom has succeded in beating the odds.
I admire the Mom, she decided that the assumed fate of mothers everywhere would not be hers, and proceeded to figure out the reasons and details. She makes it seem perfectly reasonable and doable to have a well-mannered child that "does her nights" (sleeps through the night) early, doesn’t throw food, likes to learn, try new things, help, has manners all while still having a sense of self and not "cowed" into submission.
I couldn't say, I laughed through the whole thing. Only later did I realize how much I learned!
From the start the baby is its own self, don't rush to pick him/her up, watch them, and learn from your baby. They will tell you what they need. Wait to pick them up at night, they might be between dreams, watch & learn. Give them the responsibility and honor of BEING from day one. However at the same time as the age of reason sets in, they are as responsible for their actions as any adult. Again, watch learn and let them be a responsible member of society.