(North) American Parenting

I had great fun doing this radio interview…in fluent Canadian!


Bringing Up Bebe – Pamela Druckerman

Pamela Druckerman worked as a staff reporter and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. After losing her job, she left New York for Paris to write and to be with her boyfriend. The boyfriend became her husband and before long Druckerman was pregnant and navigating the French health care system. It didn’t take long for her to notice how differently pregnancy, child birth and child-rearing is on the other side of the Atlantic. She felt parents were more at ease and children better behaved.

So Druckerman began watching French parents very closely and practicing their techniques on her own three children. She writes about what she learned in a new book called Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French ParentingPamela Druckerman was in Paris.





3 Responses to (North) American Parenting

  1. Andy Hadel March 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    You touched a nerve with your print and tv interviews. I too devoured the book and feel much more in tune with some intuitive gurgles rumbling in my gut.

    Thanks for those insights and your very deep research (I appreciate your desire to be authoritative in areas that might not be your specialty; your bibliography is impressive in this regard.)

    One thing though: as a man who has done a significant amount of care-giving for his little girl, I felt that some of your comments failed to recognize that urban dads are the norm and numerous, at least in New York City. My gut tells me that the demographics are shifting in this regard, perhaps enough to affect certain psychological and emotional dynamics.

    Thanks again for helping me to see why our little enfant-reine needs to be peacefully unthroned.

    • PamelaD March 20, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      Hi Andy, I love the thought of my book being devoured (have you read “Henry, the book-eating boy?” A lesson for us all). I didn’t quite follow your point about urban dads. What’s the norm – that they’re the main caregivers? Loved hearing your thoughts and enthusiasm for the book. I hope your petite reine is a very happy little girl. Pamela

  2. le_third March 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    came across really well 🙂 I made my husband listen to it while we put together flat pack furniture 🙂 le

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