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Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

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LOVE: 108 NEUTRAL: 38
REGRET: 2 WANT: 38
  • I loved this book! It's hilarious and such an easy book to read. It's certainly not a step by step book on what to do with a baby, but it's a great book! Jan 31, 2019

    • Ann M.
    • Tacoma, Washington

    Funny, entertaining parenting book. I enjoyed learned about the French approach to parenting. Jan 04, 2019

  • When it comes to parenting advice, I like to crowd source from different experts, doctors, cultures and regular mamas. This book is great at bucking the American parenting trends for a fresh approach. Oct 11, 2018

  • Great read! Sep 24, 2018

  • Love this book and the parenting lessons in it. Mar 12, 2018

  • I definitely did not agree with all sentiments of this author, but found it to be a genuinely amusing book with some good advice and topics to think about within our own household. Feb 25, 2018

  • I love the real life examples and was intrigued to learn about the differences between American and French parenting techniques! Feb 11, 2018

  • Really fun read with some great advice. I love reading about different parenting styles and choosing which aspects work best for us. Feb 04, 2018

  • Interesting insight into another cultures way of treating hospitalized mothers and raising babies. I’ve definitely adopted a few new customs after reading (I’m American). Jan 25, 2018

  • I loved this book and the french approach to babies. A must read in my opinion. Jan 22, 2018

  • Probably my favorite parenting read, ever. French parenting is the best! Dec 01, 2017

  • loved reading this book - great to see a different parenting perspective Nov 28, 2017

  • Really enjoyed this book. I thought it made a lot of good points and did a good job comparing different parenting styles. Oct 11, 2017

  • I *loved* this book. The general attitude of the French in regards to parenting really resonated with me in a way that American parenting doesn't a lot of the time. Loved hearing another perspective. Aug 10, 2017

  • Loved this! The French methods felt intuitive to me. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who may be a helicopter parent as the approach leans more hands-off. A great look into another culture. Jul 24, 2017

  • LOVED this book. Such a fresh and eye-opening perspective on parenting. Something to really strive for without making you feel like you're failing at everything! Highly recommend. May 10, 2017

  • A fun read, gives a different perspective on child rearing in a light way. Apr 20, 2017

  • Great book! Helps put parenting into perspective. Apr 06, 2017

  • Great advice on French parenting! Feb 09, 2017

  • Read this just after my LO was born and it was such a welcome source of laughter. Jan 05, 2017

  • The theories are good, but I found the author borderline insufferable. Have to trudge through her crazy to get to the nuggets of wisdom. Dec 06, 2016

  • I really enjoyed the parenting philosophies in this book. So different than typical American thought processes. Nov 30, 2016

    • Megan G.
    • San Francisco, California

    It’s hilarious, not overly preachy, and helped set our expectations for life with a baby. In France, babies “do their nights” (aka, sleep through the night) by four months. Nov 06, 2016

  • I enjoyed this book and loved some of the tips but practically speaking I think most parents will just have to find their own way. Oct 06, 2016

    • Amy N.
    • Port Neches, Texas

    Great book! Oct 05, 2016

  • LOVED this book. Lots of practical advice for raising happy, well-mannered children. Sep 29, 2016

  • It's funny and a quick read, but be careful of over idealizing the parenting styles of other societies. It's not all as sunny as promoted. Sep 12, 2016

    • Kate H.
    • San Francisco, California

    Really enjoyable read Apr 20, 2016

    • Sarah A.
    • New Canaan, Connecticut

    fun read, interesting take on parenting outside the US Dec 03, 2015

    • Kate A.
    • Boston, Massachusetts

    I loved this book and thought it was a must-read! Oct 02, 2015

  • Loved this perspective as I prepare to parent my baby! Aug 19, 2015

  • I really enjoyed and it really presents a model to work towards. Why is America so different than France!? Aug 03, 2015

  • First time moms should definitely read! Comical but with great advise from a mom navigating a new culture while still keeping her American roots. Raising an independent and well behaved child Apr 05, 2015

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  • I loved this book! It's hilarious and such an easy book to read. It's certainly not a step by step book on what to do with a baby, but it's a great book! Jan 31, 2019

    • Ann M.
    • Tacoma, Washington

    Funny, entertaining parenting book. I enjoyed learned about the French approach to parenting. Jan 04, 2019

  • When it comes to parenting advice, I like to crowd source from different experts, doctors, cultures and regular mamas. This book is great at bucking the American parenting trends for a fresh approach. Oct 11, 2018

  • Great read! Sep 24, 2018

  • Love this book and the parenting lessons in it. Mar 12, 2018

  • I definitely did not agree with all sentiments of this author, but found it to be a genuinely amusing book with some good advice and topics to think about within our own household. Feb 25, 2018

  • I love the real life examples and was intrigued to learn about the differences between American and French parenting techniques! Feb 11, 2018

  • Really fun read with some great advice. I love reading about different parenting styles and choosing which aspects work best for us. Feb 04, 2018

  • Interesting insight into another cultures way of treating hospitalized mothers and raising babies. I’ve definitely adopted a few new customs after reading (I’m American). Jan 25, 2018

  • I loved this book and the french approach to babies. A must read in my opinion. Jan 22, 2018

  • Probably my favorite parenting read, ever. French parenting is the best! Dec 01, 2017

  • loved reading this book - great to see a different parenting perspective Nov 28, 2017

  • Really enjoyed this book. I thought it made a lot of good points and did a good job comparing different parenting styles. Oct 11, 2017

  • I *loved* this book. The general attitude of the French in regards to parenting really resonated with me in a way that American parenting doesn't a lot of the time. Loved hearing another perspective. Aug 10, 2017

  • Loved this! The French methods felt intuitive to me. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who may be a helicopter parent as the approach leans more hands-off. A great look into another culture. Jul 24, 2017

  • LOVED this book. Such a fresh and eye-opening perspective on parenting. Something to really strive for without making you feel like you're failing at everything! Highly recommend. May 10, 2017

  • A fun read, gives a different perspective on child rearing in a light way. Apr 20, 2017

  • Great book! Helps put parenting into perspective. Apr 06, 2017

  • Great advice on French parenting! Feb 09, 2017

  • Read this just after my LO was born and it was such a welcome source of laughter. Jan 05, 2017

  • The theories are good, but I found the author borderline insufferable. Have to trudge through her crazy to get to the nuggets of wisdom. Dec 06, 2016

  • I really enjoyed the parenting philosophies in this book. So different than typical American thought processes. Nov 30, 2016

    • Megan G.
    • San Francisco, California

    It’s hilarious, not overly preachy, and helped set our expectations for life with a baby. In France, babies “do their nights” (aka, sleep through the night) by four months. Nov 06, 2016

  • I enjoyed this book and loved some of the tips but practically speaking I think most parents will just have to find their own way. Oct 06, 2016

    • Amy N.
    • Port Neches, Texas

    Great book! Oct 05, 2016

  • LOVED this book. Lots of practical advice for raising happy, well-mannered children. Sep 29, 2016

  • It's funny and a quick read, but be careful of over idealizing the parenting styles of other societies. It's not all as sunny as promoted. Sep 12, 2016

    • Kate H.
    • San Francisco, California

    Really enjoyable read Apr 20, 2016

    • Sarah A.
    • New Canaan, Connecticut

    fun read, interesting take on parenting outside the US Dec 03, 2015

    • Kate A.
    • Boston, Massachusetts

    I loved this book and thought it was a must-read! Oct 02, 2015

  • Loved this perspective as I prepare to parent my baby! Aug 19, 2015

  • I really enjoyed and it really presents a model to work towards. Why is America so different than France!? Aug 03, 2015

  • First time moms should definitely read! Comical but with great advise from a mom navigating a new culture while still keeping her American roots. Raising an independent and well behaved child Apr 05, 2015

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