Autonomy. I was entertained and amused by Pam Druckerman’s book, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. Druckerman presents her personal story of raising children in France. Working like an anthropologist as a participant-observer of the culture, she is able to call attention to the differences she saw in how French parents behaved with their children as compared to many American parents. Among the many differences she presents are the approaches to patience and waiting rather than leaping in, and the ways in which autonomy is encouraged. No one parent’s experience or observation is ever definitive for another parent’s behavior, so those readers expecting a how-to manual will be disappointed. Readers who enjoy lively writing about family life across cultures will find this book interesting.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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