An enjoyable journey, this book takes you through a comparison of French and American parenting and cultures. The story of the author's life experiences is interesting and at times made me chuckle. There are many great ideas about living and parenting to borrow from the French, and others to gladly ignore.
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The narrator did a great job. Being a man, I didn't know wow engaged I would be into this book. but the French perspective on raising kids was really insightful. it makes you think deeper about children's Minds and how capable they are in interpreting the world around them at such an early age. I'm looking forward to testing out quite a bit from this book this October when we have our first!
I expected more of "how this is done/how that is done" (a get to the point thing) rather than going thru the day to day living (yawn) of the author & her family. In saying that, I have to laugh...as the author said Americans are impatient (even when it comes to raising our children)...forget saying "Good morning" first...just jump right into "What's the daily special?" or "Do you have this in my size?" Anyway...
If you have plenty of time...and don't mind listening to hours of "potatoes" to get to the "meat"...then get this. In the end you may discover that there's an underlying philosophy here...an "enjoy the journey & your children will too" kind of thing. Huh! I just realized I'm doing exactly what she said NOT to! I want quick results. I don't want to let things unfold...So not French!
I got this while pregnant just thinking I wanted to check it out, not actually expecting to learn much. But it resonated once my baby was born and I followed her recommendations for "pausing" which I think totally influenced that my baby slept through the night by 8 weeks old. I have been recommending people to read this book even though its not written by a pediatrician it is a moms story, a story we can all relate to, and for us it was a success.
I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written (and narrated) and very well documented. This author really did her homework. It is also very funny and witty. I can totally relate with the author (being a French living in the US).