We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Bringing Up Bebe Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (2579 )
5 star
 (1634)
4 star
 (709)
3 star
 (176)
2 star
 (37)
1 star
 (23)
Overall
4.5 (2224 )
5 star
 (1389)
4 star
 (616)
3 star
 (162)
2 star
 (39)
1 star
 (18)
Story
4.5 (2236 )
5 star
 (1470)
4 star
 (529)
3 star
 (169)
2 star
 (41)
1 star
 (27)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Anonymous 06-04-17
    06-04-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun and informative"

    Enjoyed her storytelling. The book is funny and insightful regarding how different attitudes towards parenting are in the US and France.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    age 05-11-17
    age 05-11-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't waste your money"

    This is the most ridiculous book - there are no parenting tips just the narrator complaining on how her child is wild and it's due to "American" parenting vs the fact that she isn't disciplining her child properly. All it talks about is how the French do it better and American children are whiny brats. Last I checked it comes down to parenting not whether they are American or French. I was so annoyed throughout this book I couldn't even finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ashley 05-04-17
    Ashley 05-04-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Accents"

    The observations and research are helpful and overlap with The Danish Way of Parenting, although this was more thorough and helpful because it touched on all the practical concerns: eating, sleeping, daycare, etc.
    I don't know if anyone else found the narration somewhat offensive: why did the narrator need to switch to a bad faux french accent for the quoted parts?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaustubh G. Jagtap College Park, MD USA 05-04-17
    Kaustubh G. Jagtap College Park, MD USA 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "amazing book"

    Amazing book with a sensitive but common sense topic. Common strategies that can be implemented to make the process of raising children less of a struggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Geneva De Groot 05-02-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well illustrated concepts"

    I was a nanny for many years in Seattle, yearning for an explanation for picky eaters, ragged parents and helicopter parenting. I was perpetuating these things for lack of alternatives. My first baby is due in 6 months and I will be implementing most of this book!

    I love the balance of autonomy and structure Druckerson offers for children and parents. I think it's an excellent way to cultivate mutual respect for the whole family.

    I also love how candid she is when her lack of skill shows up. She illustrates how I can make the more difficult changes without judging myself.

    Abbey Craden is very easy to listen to. Her voices and accents are entertaining and clarify the content very well. A truly enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicole Wegner 04-23-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it, so did my husband"

    This book changed my mind about having children. I went from ambivalent-anxious about becoming a mother to feeling confident that I did not have to parent in the American style I see so many friends and family following.

    Druckerman is relatable, funny, and offers solid advice shared through personable stories of her own family.

    I made my husband read the paper copy of the book and we both thought it was a great take on parenting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Keith Solademi 04-22-17 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not my usual cup of tea"

    I'm primarily a sci-fi/adventure/thriller reader who rarely reads outside of his wheelhouse but having a baby on the way pushed me to branch out a bit.

    It was hard going at first due to what I'm used to getting out of my reading experience, but by the end I find myself truly fascinated by the differences between French and American child raising styles and support networks.

    Oh, and also, this book deepened my live for food!

    So thanks, Pamela, for reminding me that nonfiction can be captivating/entertaining too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dallas Scottsdale, Az, United States 04-12-17
    Dallas Scottsdale, Az, United States 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    120
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Such a great book"

    Great narrator. Amazing book. Amazing way of thinking about raising kids, mainly from the seemingly-but-not-obviousness of the whole thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 03-30-17
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 03-30-17 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    110
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "french style"

    I was very intrigued in how the French bring up children . I think some American child and parents could use some of these ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 03-22-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great book"

    I love it. . as a latina mom support the same theory as I grew up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.