Journalist and mom, Pamela Druckerman who shared the story of her own young familyâ€™s life in France in her book Bringing up BÃ©bÃ© has written a new book,Â BÃ©bÃ© Day by Day. In Bringing up BÃ©bÃ© she investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, well-mannered children and mostly calm parents.
Sounds like heaven, nâ€™est-ce pas?
She then set out to find out the secret to the French Mommyâ€™s success and along the way tell us the story of raising her own family in Paris. Bringing Up BÃ©bÃ© was the catalyst for an international conversation about the wisdom of French parenting by offering a view from the inside.
BÃ©bÃ© Day by Day is a primer on the wisdom of French parenting reported on in Bringing Up BÃ©bÃ©. Think of it as your own personal how to be happy parenting book. Its lessons for caregivers are broken down into simple and elegant maxims to remember, including:
- Instead of just two magic words, teach children four: hello, goodbye, please, and thank you.
- Practice â€œthe Pause,â€ a time honored French practice that helps babies sleep through the night and helps toddlers learn to wait
- Follow the French food rules: Kids eat only at mealtimes or the once-a-day snack. Vegetables come first. Picky eating is not an option â€“ kids have to taste everything.
- Give children as much freedom as possibleâ€”and free yourself by not scheduling lots of activities.
- Donâ€™t be afraid to say a firm â€œno,â€ but say â€œyesâ€ as often as you can.
The book is divided into ten sections, including sleeping, eating, and motherhood. BÃ©bÃ© Day by Day offers the time-tested lessons of French parenting followed by a brief discussion of each, and are complimented by recipes from a typical French daycare menu for toddlers.
These lessons will help American parents reclaim a common-sense era of family life that is still the norm in France. I adored this little book; my copy fits conveniently into my purse and you better believe that I love pulling it out and perusing it while waiting in the pick up line, or for my girls to get out of ballet.
You see, I am one of those motherâ€™s who has made my girls the center of my universe and that has been fulfilling up to this point, but they are moving up in school and getting older. They need me less and I miss me more.
They need me to let go a little and I need to find me again because in the end, that is whom I am left with. They will grow up and go off to live their own life. I need to prepare them for that and I need to ready myself. This book contains practical parenting advice that every parent can use.
This book has reminded me that outside of our microcosm of American parenting, there are other ways to parent.
Sure, we may look at it with our noses up in the air and think those ladies care more about fashion, sex and themselves than their children. Itâ€™s easy to make that assumption when weâ€™re over here drowning in motherhood but, honestly, we should take a page form their book because maybe we owe it to ourselves to be happy.
I donâ€™t think being happy and self fulfilled should be exclusive from being a parent. We can have it all.
Â BÃ©bÃ© Day by Day is available now at a bookstore near you. What are you waiting for?
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of the book Bebe Day by Day for review purposes but all opinions are my own.
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