I liked this very much. Gives you many things to consider. My 2.5 year old now sleeps through the night with no hassle thanks some insight I gained here. Not everything is inline with my parenting style but I appreciated considering it just the same.
I am German-American and remember much about growing up there. Really, the French way of raising kids is, or at least was, very much like the Germans do it. While I don't want to belittle American mothers, I am very much in favor of allowing kids to experience some frustration - after all, won't they have to go through this for the rest of their adult life? Much better if they have experienced this from early on and much less fuzz for their parents. In particular, this seems to be good for marriages, as the lower divorce rate in Europe does attest to.
One word about the reader: certainly, it is cute that she allows to label French speakers by speaking them with a big fat French accent, but sometimes it does interfere with understanding of what they are saying.
As I prepare for my first child, I want to raise her like I was raised. With limits, structure, and autonomy. Many of the parents of young children, who I know, are controlling without assertiveness, so the children win in the end. Their days are planned to what the parent wants not always what the child wants, and children do not explore. It is nice to see that children continue to be raised with the same values I was. This book is vindication that it is possible to raise her like I want, even if American society does not embrace this strategy anymore. Thank you.
I have listened to this book about 6 times. the story is great and gives great listens on a distant way of parenting. I may not use all of these methods but it is a good thing to keep in mind while raising a young one. I highly recommend!
This book made me feel better about being a calm parent. I have a six month old, and I've been wound up by the past year of American shoulds and should-nots. It was a relief to learn about the French approach, or un-approach, which is far more relaxed and realistic than what I've encountered as a new parent in the U.S.
That being said, the narration is irritating.
I enjoyed that this book gives an alternative to the "my baby is my new identity." It was just what I needed to read 5 months out and the food part of the book prompted me to question how we should start our child on solid foods. Very exciting stuff.