Reading: Bringing Up Bébé

Bringing up Bebe

If you enjoyed Joanna Goodards blog series ‘Motherhood Around the World‘, you’ll probably enjoy this book as much as I did.

Druckerman relays her observations about French (or better to say Parisian) parenting styles from a fair and mostly objective standpoint. She doesn’t tell you what’s right or wrong, but prefers to just lay it out for you the way she sees it and then you can make your own assumptions from there.

Here are 6 interesting things about French parenting I learned from the book:

1. French parents don’t pick up a crying baby immediately, especially if it’s sleep time. They believe that babies are still trying to connecting their sleep cycles and picking them up disrupts them from learning this. It might be good to note that French babies often sleep straight through the night by 3 months! 

2. French parents put children on a set schedule of 3 meals and 1 snack. They don’t allow children to graze throughout the day.

3. They don’t prepare bland baby food. Even toddlers are made to taste strong flavors like blue cheese. They encourage children to take even just one bite of a new dish every time it’s presented. 

4. They don’t feel the need to constantly entertain their children. They want their children to learn how to play by themselves and discover their own autonomy. 

5. French children are taught to say “bonjour” and “au revoir” to everyone. (Similar to how we Filipinos insist that our young ones have to kiss their Titos and Titas or make ‘mano po’ to their elders.)

6. French parents have “me time” and don’t feel guilty about it. French parents often take one trip a year without their children. 

What do you think about these French parenting tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

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