17.3.12

Read of the week- French Children Don't Throw Food

As trivial as it may sound, one of the things I dreaded about becoming a mama was that so many of the restaurants that I have enjoyed over the years would suddenly become out of bounds when you have a child in tow. I soon discovered that tiny sleeping babies are relatively portable and in her first few months little E came with us everywhere we went, from lunch at Pret to dinner at the Bluebird. When she is a little bit older, I really hope that we will be able to continue eating out at nice restaurants ( at least, that's the plan) so I thought this would make an interesting read.

 The author herself is an American mother bringing up three children in Paris and it is actually more an observation of French parenting with a few anecdotes and tips along the way rather than an actual parenting manual. I spent a year at university in Paris and whilst at the time, I was paying more attention to the shops and nightlife than the behaviour of French children, I can relate to many of the author's stories about Parisian attitudes. So far, I'm really enjoying this book, it's written in quite a chatty style so it's super easy to read. There are chapters covering the myths of how Parisian women get back in to their skinnies so quickly, how they get their children to sleep through the night and why French children are relatively unfussy eaters.

If you like the sound of this book, here's a link to Amazon Link!


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