With her International bestseller Bringing Up Bebe’, Pamela Druckerman introduced parents around the world to how children are raised in France. The outpouring was so immense, that she has followed it with a more comprehensive “Offspring” called “Bebe’: Day by Day” where she gives a more comprehensive breakdown of what she learned raising her children in France. Here is a great description of her wonderful follow up to Bringing Up Bebe’:
“When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” French parenting isn’t a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren’t doing anything special.
Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play.
Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There’s no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren’t at the constant service of their children and that there’s no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy.
Of course, French parenting wouldn’t be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They’re just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are- by design-toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace.
With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman-a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal-sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don’t just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is.
While finding her own firm non, Druckerman discovers that children-including her own-are capable of feats she’d never imagined.”
Pamela’s Op-eds and articles have since appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Observer, the Financial Times, New York Magazine, Monocle and Marie Claire. She has been a commentator on the Today Show, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Al Jazeera International, BBC Women’s Hour, the CBC, CNBC, and Oprah.com.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with NY Times Bestselling author and journalist Pamela Druckerman in NYC right after her appearance on Good Morning America to talk about her new book “Bebe’ Day by Day”, how French parenting is different from American parenting, the response that she received after her first book, some of the fun examples of how French parents keep their child serene and calm, and soo much more! Enjoy Kade Nation!
Here is Pamela Druckerman on Good Morning America right before chatting with me: