Pamela Druckerman’s ‘Bringing Up Bébé’ – NYTimes.com

Pamela Druckerman’s ‘Bringing Up Bébé’ – NYTimes.com.

My daughter was born in France, during a year spent there after grad school, and I’ve always wondered whether my memory of French parenting affected me. When we’re in France now, we see something much closer to the American “hands-on” style of dealing with children (and/or ignoring their intrusions into adult social situations)—sort of worst of two worlds. But this article helped me remember a set of attitudes that most American parents would find either appalling or irrelevant. As they say, “No operating manual!”

Note: Photo above appropriated from anonymous French flea-market snapshot: not my daughter, not from NYTimes…