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Bringing Up Bb
Bringing Up Bb: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bb Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting) | Pamela Druckerman
The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France's amazingly well-behaved childrenWhen American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a "French parent." But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigateand wound up sparking a national debate on parenting. Researched over three years and written in her warm, funny voice, Bringing Up Bb is deeply wise, charmingly told, and destined to become a classic resource for American parents.
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SShiney
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I have the British version with a different name. As an American living in France, it really spoke to my heart about both cultures. Yes, there are a lot of generalizations, but it was a fun read with a lot of food for thought.

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85eliana
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An insightful perspective! Some ideas you can try with your own children, while others are rooted in a support system in France that does not exist in the States.

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Mehso-so

Although written through theory and practice, with details on how to go about things as well as the reasoning behind them, this book did not help me after all. I was hoping for something...more. More humane, more scientific, more child friendly... more.

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HotMessJess
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Waiting for a child is exciting, tough, and terrifying. I‘ve done my best to avoid parenting books since I tend to over worry more than most. I picked this up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. I am learning a lot from the French and hope I can put it to good use!

BookBelle84 I thought this was a very practical outlook. 1y
Magpiegem Just enjoy having a chance to read whilst you still can... man I miss just picking up a book and reading when I felt like it 😄 1y
HotMessJess @Magpiegem I have a feeling books on tape will soon become my good, good friend 1y
HotMessJess @BookBelle84 I thoroughly enjoy it, and my husband and I have decided to utilize a lot of the theories when Baby B gets here! I very much subscribe to the idea that little human is entering our lives and we need to figure out each other‘s rhythms versus upending our ENTIRE existence for a kid. SO practical and lets us live a little! ( I hope that doesn‘t seem selfish!!) 1y
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SamanthaMarie
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1.) Technically we don't usually spend all day in bed, but two nights ago my toddler got super sick and now I'm not feeling well. Regardless, the dog, kiddo, and my other little pupper make up my days everyday :)
2.) Getting back on Litsy!! ♡
3.) NOPE. Allergy.
4.) 🤔🤞🏻👶🏼🧒🏼🗼🤗😎😂
5.) Yes. My left wrist/arm 3 times.

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Eyelit Hope you feel better soon! 1y
mabell Wow 3 times! 😳 1y
SamanthaMarie @Eyelit Thank you so much! Me too. I have a love/hate relationship with being stuck in bed haha. 1y
SamanthaMarie @mabell Yes! Every year around Mother's Day, three years in a row. Definitely my mom's least favorite "gifts" as I was growing up haha. 1y
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parttimedomestic
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I finished my 5th book and almost 14th hour of #24in48 and I‘m calling it a night!

Sweet dreams readathoners!

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Little_Reader
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I feel like she‘s saying everything I‘ve been thinking.

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kristenmcquinn
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Loving Bringing Up Bebe so far.

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BlenderOfTeasNerdOfBooks
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What's better than books that cost $1? Not much. Shouts out to dollar tree for having such a healthy book selection and only charging $1 for them. Bringing up bébe is a great read. Check it out.

rather_be_reading awesome! 2y
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ontheBL
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A wonderful book about the differences between French and American parents. As an American in Paris with a new baby, Druckerman is pulled between what she knows amd the confusingly well-behaved children surrounding her in France.

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needleminding
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Aside from some pretty strong (yet oddly not mean-spirited) fatphobia, this book is really affirming for me so far. There are many things that are good to be reminded of during the day-to-day task of caring for a baby, and that so much of what seems "normal" in one country is not in another.

Lmstraubie That is such an important concept. There is no one right way to do things between cultures or even between families. 3y
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needleminding
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needleminding
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Started listening to this today. I was looking for another fantasy romance, but ended up with this. Which may still count as a fantasy romance. 😄 As I type this, my 7 month old is fiercely fighting her nap. 🤦

Aninski I saw this post a few hours ago and just remembered it now, as my 9mo is fiercely fighting his nap 😜 thanks for sharing, I'll have to check this one out! 3y
needleminding @Aninski 😄 And all the while I'm thinking 'I'd love to take a nap!' I'm sure you can relate. Hopefully some French wisdom will help. 🙃 3y
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nicholemers
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I'm in the process of packing up my entire house to move yet I still decide that this is the time to join a new book group. Ehhh... what can I say?! Priorities.
Anywho, this will be our first read and I'm super excited because this has been in my TBD pile for about two years!

Cinfhen Ugh, moving and packing up ~ so stressful! I think joining a book club is a great stress reliever 👍🏻enjoy!!! 3y
nicholemers @Cinfhen thank you! ☺️ I'm looking forward to the little escape. 3y
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Court7
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An excellent audio book for some recent long drives. Might be a bit before I get to put any of they practices in action.

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sherrynuts
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An easy-to-read and interesting look at the French vs American ways of parenting. I don't have-nor aspire to have-children, but I did enjoy reading this book. Both cultures can learn a bit from the other. Also, I enjoyed her title chapters.

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sherrynuts
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Americans don't quite count kids as a full person and don't expect them to talk to adults with clear thoughts. The French emphasize speech and rational thought over reading in the early years and expect very young children capable of logical thinking.

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sherrynuts
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I haven't finished my last book, but the library was calling and I picked up 4 books. And since I'm stuck at home during this ice storm-which hopefully does not become serious-I might as well read all day and night. 😍

RealLifeReading Stay warm! 3y
sherrynuts @RealLifeReading doing wonderfully so far. I've got my tea, slippers and blankets. Fingers crossed that the power stays on tonight! 3y
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Sarah.Regalado
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Offers a unique, global perspective on parenting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the author's experiences and I reference this book frequently while discussing parenthood with my own friends and family.

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wellreadbedhead

It‘s not just the physical space that‘s different in France. I‘m also struck by the nearly universal assumption that even good mothers aren‘t at the constant service of their children, and that there‘s no reason to feel bad about that.

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wellreadbedhead

“Human beings speak to other human beings. Some of them are big, some of them are small. But they communicate.”

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wellreadbedhead

“In the U.S. sometimes I have the feeling that if it‘s not difficult for you, you have to feel bad about that.”

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AileenRR
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Practical advice on how to help babies/children sleep well, eat well, and behave better, given in a way that's thought out and reasonable. Like most self help books, though, the ideas stay with me for about a week before I revert back to old habits. Did I make it sound dry? It's not! I really like this book. I first listened to it a few years ago and decided it was interesting enough for a reread.

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hwheaties
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You make the mess? You clean the mess. Apart from some privilege issues, most of the parenting advice in this book (establishing a "cadre" and instilling responsibility) was sound. Grain of salt and dose of reality with everything, though, right?

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Chrisalynn
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A great cultural insight in French society and ways

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Sammy
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Baby books on the brain for the last 9 months... So ready to start reading again, those these days it's hard to find the time 🍼😁📚

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyLove P.S. A bunch of us posted Litsy tips a few days back. Check about 8 posts back on my page. :) 2y
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Liquidchicken
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Good intro to French-style parenting for Americans.