I saw Pamela Druckerman on the Today show promoting her new book, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Art of French Parenting. It sounded really interesting so I immediately put it on hold at the library.
Summary of the story is a lady falls in love with a foreigner and ends up moving across the Atlantic to be with him. They get married and end up living in Paris. She explains the difficulties meeting other ladies and all around adjusting to life internationally. Then comes baby. She compares french parenting to american parenting and trying to fit in french while still holding on to her american roots. French babies are not picky like American babies. The restaurants do not have kid menus full of chicken tenders and mac n cheese. French babies "do their nights" very early on where some American babies don't sleep all night until they are almost 2. Since, I also live internationally and am expecting a baby I thought this book was really interesting. Of course Canada is nothing like France. Canadians share a lot of the same values and parenting ideals that Americans do. However, living very far away from everything you know does bring on a challenge. I also got a few french parenting tips out of this book that I think will be very useful.
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