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Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
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Mar 28, 2012

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bookshelves: living-overseas, memoir, overrated
Read in March, 2012

I wasn't sure of this book at first, about an American mom in Paris, who notices French children are better behaved, eat better, sleep better and are just all around BETTER than American kids. She's made the talk show circuits, so I've seen her a few times talking about getting babies to sleep by using "the pause" which is basically ignoring the kids/babies for a bit in order to let them work things out. The first portion of the book dealt extensively, almost painfully, with this issue. I skimmed about the next 100 pages and eventually enjoyed hearing just how the French get their kids to use better manners, learn to wait, learn to eat new foods and generally be independent earlier. Funny anecdotes and a breezy writing style help this along immensely. It is not helped, in my mind, by constantly reviewing what experts say about American child rearing habits.

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