Bringing Up Bébé
When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting wasn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insisted they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knew sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spent their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sipped coffee while the kids played. Druckerman successfully learned the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovered that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realized that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is. Druckerman shares the secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children and the story of her discovery process and the lessons she has learned as an American parent in France
Pamela Druckerman is an American journalist and author of the international bestseller Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (known in the U.K. as French Children Don’t Throw Food). It’s an unconventional parenting guide that mixes anthropology, journalism, and memoir, with dashes of history and humor. The book has been (or is being) translated into 21 languages.
Pamela is also a Contributing Opinion Writer for the International New York Times. Her op-eds and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Financial Times, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair France, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, National Public Radio, BBC Women’s Hour, and Oprah.com, among many other news outlets. From 1997 to 2002 she was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, based in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and New York.
Pamela speaks regularly to audiences in Europe and the United States. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia Univeristy, and has trained in improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She lives in Paris.