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Author: Sara Zaske Narrator: Sara Zaske Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781427295675
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"[Sarah Zaske] reads her fascinating book on contemporary German parenting with friendly confidence and a delightful curiosity about her discoveries while raising two young children in Berlin...Zaske's gift for narrative and her keen observations about German and American parenting make this a refreshing, eye-opening audio for those raising young children" — AudioFile Magazine



This Audiobook Provides an Entertaining, Enlightening Look at the Art of Raising Self-Reliant, Independent Children Based on One American Mom’s Experiences in Germany

When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be challenging, especially when she became pregnant with her second child. She was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom—much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents did not share her fears, and their children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what she intended, which was to raise capable children? Why was parenting culture so different in the States?

Through her own family’s often funny experiences as well as interviews with other parents, teachers, and experts, Zaske shares the many unexpected parenting lessons she learned from living in Germany. Achtung Baby reveals that today's Germans know something that American parents don't (or have perhaps forgotten) about raising kids with “selbstandigkeit” (self-reliance), and provides practical examples American parents can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults.

This instructive audiobook is perfect for new parents and anyone else interested in how different cultures approach child rearing.

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  • American writer Sara Zaske reads her fascinating book on contemporary German parenting with friendly confidence and a delightful curiosity about her discoveries while raising two young children in Berlin. She's a sensitive observer of culture with a good grasp of history, so she gives everything a pleasing context without distracting from her message: When parents worry less about protecting, controlling, and keeping kids occupied with gadgets, their kids turn out just fine. ...Zaske's gift for narrative and her keen observations about German and American parenting make this a refreshing, eye-opening audio for those raising young children. AudioFile

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About the Author

Sara Zaske is an American writer who lived in Berlin for six and half years. Her articles on her family’s experiences in Germany have appeared on Time.com, in The Times newspaper in the UK, and in Germany’s largest Sunday paper, Bild am Sontag. She’s a former staff reporter for the San Francisco Examiner where she covered a range of issues including education, health and human services, and development. She now lives in the eastern suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.