Peggy's Reviews > Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
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Aug 04, 2012

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This is a breezy read with lots of anecdotal stories about French and American parents. Ms. Druckerman's premise is that all things French are great and all things American are not great. Parents, especially moms, are so much happier in France and the children are all so calm and well behaved! There are some beneficial tips about infant care from French caretakers/parents and the fact that France pays for all childcare centers is certainly a big benefit for French families. Ms. Druckerman's daughter, Bean, is a charmer and lights up the pages. However, Druckerman glosses over the fact that French women spend a whopping 89% more time than French men on household chores and childcare. In addition, there is a global gender gap in earnings report which ranks the U.S. as nineteenth and France as forty-sixth in disparity between the sexes in the workplace. This fact is buried in the Notes section at the end of the book. It might be that all those so very happy French working moms are really just numb and somnambulant. So, for me, this was an enjoyable peek into the family life and child-rearing methods and beliefs of another country but I could never adopt the French way of life as enthusiastically as the author no matter how calm and quiet it would make my child.

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message 1: by Dan (new)

Dan jess was interested in this book, surprised we haven't heard anything about it at the dinner table...maybe next week.

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