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Bringing Up Bebe

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A cross between a memoir and a parenting book, I found “Bringing Up Bebe” by Pamela Druckerman to be new and refreshing. While living in France, Druckerman notices some major differences between American and French parenting. Druckerman has a fun sense of humor which she uses to keep the book engaging. She describes how French parents are able to teach their children how to be patient and self-reliant. According to Druckerman, children in France sleep through the night from early infancy, are adventurous eaters, and are generally well behaved! This sounds like a tall order, but Druckerman explains how French parents are able to accomplish these feats.

One major takeaway is to relax. Parenting isn’t rocket science, and we shouldn’t let our kids take over our lives. Adults can and should take care of themselves when they have children! French parents are able to accomplish all of the things mentioned without giving up their sanity! The French people seem to be doing a lot of things right. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a little encouragement, some new ideas, or a great read.

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