Bebe Day by Day - by Pamela Druckerman
A few nights ago I attended a book release party for my friend, Pamela Druckerman. The party was organized by Go Mighty — more about them in a minute.
Pamela’s first parenting book, Bringing Up Bebe, about her experiences as an American ex-pat raising a baby in Paris, traces her journey as from neurotic, overprotective American-style mom — to anthropologist, observing her French counterparts — to a more relaxed parent, in the French style. Her new book, Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting, builds on her experiences with little lessons, canapé sized bits of advice and takeaways, like:
- “Pregnancy is not a Research Project” (a theme I’ve also tried to convey in my Growing and Glowing videos.)
- “Don’t Become a ‘Taxi Mother’.”
- “Don’t Let Your Child Interrupt You” — and the natural sequel, “Don’t Interrupt Your Child.”
- “Back off at the Playground.”
The last one, “Back off at the Playground,” is my personal favorite because I want write an entire ranting manifesto to other parents called: “BACK Off and Away from my Child.” I want to tell them: “I am RIGHT here ten feet away for a reason. I see him, I want him to learn and discover for himself. And why yes, I am reading the paper on my iPhone, quit shooting me the stink-eye.”
At any rate, if you are a new parent, or a not-so-new parent, who is open to seeing what lessons we could all learn and take away from another culture, another philosophy, give her book a read.
Photos by: Leslie Fandrich, @LeslieFandrich
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