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Another book review on a book I have no business reading (perhaps not as inappropriate for my age as this, though). Luckily I get to decide what I read!
I'm not yet a parent, and so I may not be the best person to review a book comparing parenting styles, but I really enjoyed this book. I've always been curious about other cultures and ideas, so this book was right up my alley. I felt the author was respectful with her observations, although there were several cultural "norms" (both French and American) that she personally disagreed with.
It also made me consider what tricks I'd like to have in my arsenal when I become a mom. I particularly liked "The Pause" - when a baby is crying, the American norm is to try to comfort or quiet the baby as quickly as possible, while the French norm is to watch the baby for a few minutes before responding to try to figure out what's wrong (and possibly have the baby self-comfort and not require any adult attention). The result? Babies in France often sleep through the night by around 4 months old! Love this idea - especially if it will let me sleep through the night earlier!
All in all, a entertaining read that will definitely make you think - whether or not you happen to be a parent. And I'd love to hear a parent's perspective on this book! I'm sure as always, the tips in this book are easier said than done. ;)