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.
Valuable takeaways from this book, but was distracted by how the narrator pronounced French words. Maybe this it was intentional to reinforce the American-speaking-French idea, but her accent was noticeably inauthentic.
When I described to my American husband with the psychology background the concept of the book he told me that it's very selfish view on raising a kid and asked why all of the sudden French know better. But for me, been raised in Russia it was much closer to home and the way I was raised. So I've continued to listen. It doesn't matter if it's French or anybody else, i was agree with some and disagree with other. Found useful and useless advice. It let's me see that there are ways to deal with tantrums, authority and teaching respect the way I would like to do and feel that it's right. After all its your child and you get to choose how.
I love many of the suggestions in this book and the observations of American versus French parents. I found it useful as a parent. The narrator did a nice job differentiating between the author and her French contributors using accents.
So informative, witty, and entertaining. I learned a lot and had fun listening. I highly recommend - chock full of tips!
Love a good audio book on my commute.
It gave me a new perspective on parenting and I love the fact that the author spent time observing and was able to clearly describe that she observed. I now learned not to be over-nurturing, learned that saying no to my kid is ok, learned that letting them misbehave a little at home (but letting them know that when they are outside, they need to behave)...learned a lot indeed.