French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman

French Children Don't Throw Food

By Pamela Druckerman

  • Release Date: 2012-01-19
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4
From 68 Ratings
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The book everyone is talking about: how the French manage to raise well-behaved children, and have a life!
Who hasn’t noticed how well-behaved French children are, compared to our own?
*How come French babies sleep through the night?
*Why do French children happily eat what is put in front of them?
*How can French mothers chat to their friends while their children play quietly?
*Why are French mothers more likely to be seen in skinny jeans than tracksuit bottoms?

'Fascinating...gripping...extremely funny...I loved it. It made me want to move to Paris' - India Knight, Sunday Times
'I couldn't put it down' Chris Evans


  • Loved it

    By Forensic 6
    Amusing and insightful.
  • French children don't throw food - a very interesting read.

    By Cawkster
    I loved this book. As a new mum, it was fascinating to get an insight into child rearing and the way it is practiced and achieved in Paris. I set out to try to take key messages from this book, to equip us for the years ahead with our child, but as I kept reading, I actually just enjoyed it, relaxed into it, laughed out loud at some of the stories, and probably the 'messages' just got through without me trying to memorise any fancy new parenting technique! I kept thinking of the French friends we've had over the years, and it all made sense. They do parenting very effectively over in France. The results are clear to see. We have a lot to learn in the UK and USA (on the whole) and this book gives you plenty to think about. If our society's children were all so well-behaved, there would be no need for this book! All in all, a humorous, intimate and interesting cultural comparison which strangely leaves the reader feeling chuffed they're now in on some sort of secret. It's not supposed to be a parenting manual, but no doubt it will teach any parent, new or experienced, something they hadn't before considered and may find helpful. At the very least it should challenge the way we sometimes view our offspring, and the subsequent behavioural problems this creates. My only question is why the title of this book - Bringing up Bebe - is different for the American market. Not that it matters. Great book!
  • A lovely book

    By Bbblouise
    I loved reading this book. I am always fascinated by cross cultural comparisons and think its wonderful when different cultures can learn from each other? If you're feeling tired and hemmed in by the non stop whirlwind of bringing up children and the plethora of various advice then this book can offer you a calmer more balanced way forward.