enjoyed it, found it very engaging and the author had great insights. will definitely be thinking of this book when child rearing in the future
First off, I'm not French(Paraguayan) - So, if you do not speak fluent French, then you might really enjoy bringing up Bebe. A previous reviewer mentioned the French translation was terrible, but it was quite entertaining to hear the narrator attempt to sound like a French strict parent would. Now, the actual content was very good! I really enjoyed the comparison the author makes between an American vs French parent. I loved some of the facts she threw in there- nutritional, educational and parenting style. I love how she describes the primary school system/child care. I definitely have to agree with her when she discusses how American parents allow kids to complain too much and also only eat a limited type of foods- I'm guilty of this as well so I have attempted some of her "French parenting feeding styles" and it has worked well, such as no snacking- except in the afternoon. Anyhoo, I loved the book- and I highly recommended it. I would have definitely liked to see more percentage facts but which would have made it a bit stronger.
The author frequently mentions "anglophones" as though no other kinds of people would read her book. I am a brown middle class american with foreign parents and family in France. We grew up in the U.S. bilingual. Being bilingual or trilingual should be praised and not frowned upon in this country. I travel and love other cultures. Wish her book was more inclusive of other people.
I loved this book. I like the idea that parents help shape their children with loving firm boundaries and lots of freedom and autonomy. I like that parents still get to have a life of their own. I love that children do not eat off a special menu, but are taught and encouraged to eat a full french meal (albeit smaller portions and less time). I like the relaxed air of not overworking so hard to give children the perfect experience of childhood at the expense of their parents, and sometimes even at the expense of the children themselves... ie over-scheduling. I like that children get to be the age they are not pushed to become more, achieve more and produce more than appropriate. I like that children are rewarded for being thoughtful speakers, competent, autonomous, community members.
I haven't felt the need to write a review for any of the audio books I've listened to so far. I'm really enjoying the information this author is sharing. I know I'll use lots of it when the baby comes in a few months. My only problem with this audio book is the narrator's snooty tone. At times she sounds terribly condescending, which is very off-putting. It makes me cringe. I know I would enjoy this book more if I were reading it instead of listening to it. Very poor choice by the author.
This is entertaining and thought-provoking book. it is a fun read and gives you ideas that you might try out with your own children. Just keep in mind that it is a piece of journalism not a research article and not ta 'how to' book.
I wish I had read this book 5 1/2 years ago. if you are struggling with being exasperated with your children this book is a must read. I wish I could give this book to every mother. I wanted to stand up and applaud at the end of the book but didn't for fear I would look like a crazy person to people around me. I must say I did try some of the things she talked about in the book before I finished reading and it did work. I have never written a review for a book before but I had to on this one. I will be reading this book again!
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!