Check out the launch party for the new book Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting. We're kind of fond of any woman who can combine style and parenting. Author Pamela Druckerman is a hero for moms who want permission to be a little selfish. Her first book, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parentingtickled me. I'd been longing for someone to affirm that it's ok to not always put the child first. In fact, in France, mothers expected quite a bit of restraint from their children. Get this, they actually expect to complete an adult conversation without being interrupted. Druckerman had to find out the magic recipe for calm, well-behaved kids.
Pamela lives in Paris and has made a careful cultural study of French womanhood and motherhood. She was amazed that French children could sit through dinner and that the majority of French women got their figure back right away. Part journal, part sociology book, Pamela looked French moms in awe. In her follow-up book, she's fully adopted the French technique. Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting is a guidebook. It's fun, flirty and perfect for any woman who needs a little reassurance that it's ok to only cook one meal for the entire family and to hire a sitter to go on regular dates with your husband.
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The NYC launch party at Pasanella & Son celebrated all things French. Hosted by the Sarah & Laura of Go Mighty, the night was filled with good food (courtesy of Brooklyn Supper), great conversation...and wine. We heard a little bit about the different parenting styles on each side of the Atlantic.
If you are looking for a break from guilt and servitude, pick up Bebe Day by Day on Amazon. Our jobs are hard enough, Pamela reminds us that often we make things harder than we have to.
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