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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.

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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. Like Julia Child, who translated the secrets of French cuisine, Druckerman has investigated and distilled the essentials of French child-rearing.

Druckerman provides fascinating details about French sleep training, feeding schedules and family rituals. But her book's real pleasures spring from her funny, self-deprecating stories. Like the principles she examines, Druckerman isn't doctrinaire. Maybe it all starts with childhood. That is the conclusion that readers may draw from Bringing Up Bebe.

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They also, Druckerman notes, wear skinny jeans instead of sweatpants. The world arguably needs more kids who don't throw food. But I found Bringing Up Bebe to be irresistible. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Write a review.

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Unable to Load Delivery Dates. Enter an Australian post code for delivery estimate. Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. More than 80 percent of French parents, according to polls over the last decade, slap or spank their children from time to time. When it comes to the division of labor between the sexes, American women have it better than their French sisters.

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Of course, there are features of childbirth and child-rearing in France that are vastly superior to practices in the United States. The infant mortality rate is lower. Working mothers get four months of paid maternity leave. In the end, do the French do it better than Americans? Giving birth and raising children is messy and confusing in any society.

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