by Pamela Druckerman

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The author, Pamela Druckerman, is an American woman who, in a series of unexpected events, ends up moving to France with her boyfriend. There she encounters incredibly different worlds of parenting, food and eating, mindset and a different lifestyle in general. All of it seems to be a complex mystery not to be understood by a woman steeped in American culture. But suddenly pregnant, with no hope of returning to America, she must begin to try to understand the French way of living and raising their children. What makes their parenting style so different from how it is in America? Why do French children sit quietly through a 3 course dinner while American children refuse most foods? Why do the French place more value on having their own adult lives rather than lives dictated by their children? This book is a fascinating read about parenting, French and American lifestyles and realizing that children may be far more capable than we give them credit for.

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