Recently I was given the opportunity to review a book for the Child Health Association Tasmania. Having a child with Autism, the title “French Parents Don’t Give In: 100 parenting tips from Paris” kind of appealed to me. So while I was waiting for my son at one of his therapy sessions I thought to myself “Hey, it might be a good time to start reading”. Well in the 45 minutes I was waiting I’d read the book (I’m a quick reader, but not that quick). The book was short. It was also to the point. It also eased my mind. I am not a mean parent!
The book is broken into the various parts of parenthood that’s important when it comes to young children. Starting at pregnancy and covering that baby stage it takes you through to preschool years, giving you strategies for sleep; food; learning; patience; and authority. It reinforces the importance of having your own identity as a mother not just for your sake, but for your child and their independence. It reiterates that to have a happy; healthy; and well adjusted child, Mum needs to show this to her children.
Pamela Druckerman writes in a style that appeals to all readers. Her short, to the point, tips allow the reader to not feel threatened by this style of parenting. We all wish motherhood came with a manual, well I think this may be it. I’m looking forward to reading her previous parenting book “French Children Don’t Throw Food: Parenting secrets from Paris”.
French Parents Don’t Give In is available at good bookstores and online. It is also available in eBook format for those on the go. For more information on Pamela Drukerman, her website can be found here at http://www.pameladruckerman.com/
I give it 7 out of 10 bookmarks