Bringing Up Bébé

“Marvelous… Like Julia Child, who translated the secrets of French cuisine, Druckerman has investigated and distilled the essentials of French child-rearing.” —NPR

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” Then she noticed that French children sleep through the night at two or three months old. They eat braised leeks. Their parents sip coffee while the kids play by themselves. And French kids are still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why?

With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman realized that the French don’t just have different parenting philosophy—they have a different view of what a child actually is. In this deeply wise, charmingly told memoir, Druckerman recounts how she discovered that children—including her own—are capable of feats of understanding and autonomy she’d never imagined.

Now including the wisdom and recipes from Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting, this edition of Bringing Up Bébé is a must-have for parents who want to raise bright, well-mannered children while maintaining a full adult life.