The author of a new book on parenting, Pamela Druckerman, explains why she thinks the French succeed at raising children who are well behaved, sleep through the night and don't whine about their meals.
Part Two of The Current
Bringing Up Bebe - Pamela Druckerman
Pamela Druckerman worked as a staff reporter and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. After losing her job, she left New York for Paris to write and to be with her boyfriend. The boyfriend became her husband and before long Druckerman was pregnant and navigating the French health care system. It didn't take long for her to notice how differently pregnancy, child birth and child-rearing is on the other side of the Atlantic. She felt parents were more at ease and children better behaved.
So Druckerman began watching French parents very closely and practicing their techniques on her own three children. She writes about what she learned in a new book called Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. Pamela Druckerman was in Paris.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.