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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pamela Druckerman Narrator: Abby Craden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shani | 2/17/2014

    " I had to see what all the hype was about. While there were some excellent points alluding to the way the American culture of parenting has become addicted to trendiness, I found the point of view to be rather naive. It was as if she had never known another parent in her entire life until she became pregnant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claire | 2/15/2014

    " Oftentimes too repetitive, but otherwise an interesting and enjoyable non-fiction read for a Francophile with an interest in kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lizzy Dromgoole | 2/13/2014

    " Ten stars. A must read for parents of any aged children really. I wish I had read this when my boys were babies to learn "le pause" and other helpful hints - yet it's not a how to parenting guide. It is an intellectual observation into French parenting vs American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Franky Yuen | 2/11/2014

    " Thanks Pamela, i am certain i will bring my future kids up the French way! "

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