French Children Dont Throw Food

French Children Dont Throw Food

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How do the French manage to raise well-behaved children and have a life! Who hasn't noticed how well-behaved French children are - compared to our own? - How come French babies sleep through the night? - Why do French children happily eat what is put in front of them? - How can French mums chat to their friends while their children play quietly? - Why are French mums more likely to be seen in skinny jeans than tracksuit bottoms? Pamela Druckerman, who lives in Paris with three young children, has had years of observing her French friends and neighbours, and with wit and style, has written a memoir that is ideally placed to teach us the basics of parenting a la francaise.
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 131 x 204 x 32mm | 430g
  • Doubleday
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0385617615
  • 9780385617611
  • 11,530

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How do the French manage to raise well-behaved children, and have a life?

What British parent hasn't noticed, on visiting France, how polite and civilized French children are, compared to our own? They don't cause havoc in restaurants, they always say 'bonjour' politely to adults, and they never throw tantrums in supermarkets.Why is it normal for French babies to sleep through the night by two or three months? And how do their mothers always manage to look so sexy, cool and chic?

New Yorker Pamela Druckerman never imagined she would end up in a Paris apartment with an English husband and a baby, followed in quick succession by twins. She discoveredthat in France mothers did things differently - and often better. So she set about investigating the secrets of parenting à la française. The result is this funny, helpful and informative book.
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"Fascinating... gripping... extremely funny... A desperately needed corrective to received wisdom about child-rearing and what having children is supposed to do to a woman's sense of self. I loved it. It made me want to move to Paris" -- India Knight The Sunday Times "Self-deprecating, witty, informative... But however much she admires "the easy, calm authority" French parents seem to posess, will Druckerman manage it herself? Her efforts to do so add a compelling narrative to this fascinating study of French parenting" -- Michele Hanson Guardian "Observant, dryly entertaining... In recounting how her three children went native, Druckerman is engagingly self-deprecating... This book is worth its price for the crucial information it reveals about how to win the sleep wars" -- Amanda Craig Daily Mail "Fascinating and enlightening... Druckerman's observations struck me as Eureka discoveries that could improve interaction between adults and children here" The Lady "I couldn't put it down! Smart, funny, provocative, and genuinely eye-opening" -- Amy Chua, Author Of "Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother"
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About Pam Druckerman

Pamela Druckerman is a freelance journalist on lifestyle issues married to English football writer Simon Kuper. They live in Paris and have a little daughter and toddler twin boys. Apart from using her own first-hand observation of her French friends and neighbours, for this new book, she has interviewed scores of French mothers, teachers and child experts. She is also the author of Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee.
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This is an absolute must-read for any new parents! I followed the simple techniques explored in this book and already have my 10 week old baby sleeping through the night and stretching out feeding times. Teaching kids patience, self-distraction/entertainment, setting expectations and treating babies as though they fully understand us - is the French parenting way in a nut shell! Pamela expresses a very honest and detailed account of her experiences as an American mother living in Paris! A very inspirational more
by Carly Maree
I love this book it is very informative in regards to the french culture that I other wise had no idea about. It is absolutely centered around parenting young children. The differences between how the french think and feel about parenting young children and the way they communicate with them is refreshing. Very informative and useful information A different perspective on parenting for me that I more
by debbie
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