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Bringing Up Bebe Audiobook

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

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Publisher's Summary

The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here.

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special.

Yet the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play.

Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There's no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy.

Of course, French parenting wouldn't be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They're just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are - by design - toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace.

With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is.

While finding her own firm non, Druckerman discovers that children - including her own - are capable of feats she'd never imagined.

©2012 Pamela Druckerman (P)2012 Random House

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    Livia 09-28-16
    Livia 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun and thought provoking"

    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.

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    shelley 09-17-16
    shelley 09-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful!"

    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!

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    Robert Christopher callahan II 09-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and enlightening."

    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.

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    Charissa Jones 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Many interesting topics"

    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!

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    Allison 09-01-16
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    "Great read!"

    very easy to listen to and had some great information to live by. I definitely recommend this book if you are pregnant or have a young child.

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    Victor-Vartan Bucharest, Romania 08-09-16
    Victor-Vartan Bucharest, Romania 08-09-16
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    "another view on raising kids"

    Loved the narration, but this looks more like a book that the author wrote to remind herself that she made a good choice by raising the kids in France. I think that french and american parenting styles are extremes, and advise readers to study other cultures as well. and the most important thing: look at the majority of adults from different cultures to see if parenting succeeded, then draw your own conclussions :)

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    jegor 08-08-16
    jegor 08-08-16
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    "Excellent for future mothers"

    This book gives a great hint that parents lives should not be focused on the child's live only when he/she is born! And also that a child who is allowed, always only admired and doesn't know word "no" will not be a happy child! Of course all children are different and not all hints will work for all children and all cultures, but the base of this book gives a great perspective on how parents could behave and some things to think through before the child is born! I would recommend this book to all the parents to be!

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    Amazon Customer 08-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good but the author repeats the same info."

    I didn't finish it I thought the theory in this book was good. She did repeat the same info over and over. Probably about an hour of content repeated to stretch to eight hours.

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    Bailey H. 07-15-16
    Bailey H. 07-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing"

    I've been researching and studying Child Discipline and Parenting for 6 years, and this was the most refreshing "parenting" book I've ever read, hands down. I have a feeling it will always be my favorite! Intriguing, honest, permissible and comforting. Exactly what American parents need to hear.

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    tim haldeen 07-07-16
    tim haldeen 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A new dad review..."

    Know that...
    - This is a story more than a child manual.
    - It's ONE woman's first hand experience in raising a family in Paris; in comparison to NYC.
    - It has some very insightful methods for bringing up a more patient & respectful child.
    - It is worth listen to know how France is doing it.

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