Transcript for 'Bringing Up Bebe' Author Discusses New Book
brought to you by jimmy dean sausage. Elizabeth? Samuel. I'm with pamela druckerman who is here to talk about her brand-new book, "bebe day by day." It's a follow-up book to "bringing up bebe." You say kinder and gentler. It's sort of a celebration of laissez-faire parenting, isn't it? It's giving kids as much freedom. And drawing some limits and being strict about certain things. Not letting kids interrupt adult conversation. Realizing if the whole house centers around what the kids need, even the kids don't benefit from that, let alone the grown-ups. The first book you wrote about bringing up your children. You live in paris with your husband, who is british. And your first book touched a bit of controversy in this country. Why did you decide to wade back into this, with more tips on how to bring up your children, as they do rance? Well, the controversy, with all due respect, was kind of a media controversy. After that, I started getting lots of letters from ordinary parents saying, thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for sharing these tips. There's a hunger in america to the alternative to the over, hyper parenting we're doing. With all due respect to your story, we'd like to know what to do. This book is 100 tips. Thesmartest, most practical things I learned from french parenting. The most important tip is? I think it's the not interrupting rule. What happens in a french family, if a child interrupts, the mother turns to him and calmly says, I'm in the middle of something. I'll be with you in a minute. And conversely, the mother is supposed to let the child play and not interrupt the child when he's in the middle of something. It calms everything down, the hectic pace of family life. You say teaching a child how to say hello and good-bye properly is more important than saying thank you and you're welcome. The french are obsessed with children getting to say bonjour. That's to teach themempathy. And make them realize that other people exist. They think children are naturally very selfish and think the whole world revolves around them. And you have to puncture that at a certain stage. I have to say, in some respects, when you talk about the way the french raise their kids, I'm surprised how much frenchmen sort of get a free -- you know? A free pass through this whole thing. Most french women do the vast majority of child rearing. There's french women not happy t that. But in america, we expect 50/50. And when we don't get it, which when we don't, we get angry about that. And french women have a talent for letting it go a little bit. Frenchmen just don't know how to book the pediatrician appointments. They can't do it. Let's get to a quick quiz here. If your newborn starts to fuss in the middle of the night, you should ignore the fussing or the baby will never learn to sleep through the night? Or wait a few minutes to see if the fussing stops and then go in and comfort the child. The answer is "b." The french believe even little babies can sleep. This isn't furberizing. He can connect to sleep cycles if you give him a chance. And this question, I have a picky eater, one of my two kids. When it comes to trying new food, you tell your kids they have to try one bite of every dish, no exceptions. Or have a replacement dish available for them. The one-bite rule. And for dinners, right? Everybody eats the same thing. French kids eats the same thing as their parents. They eat their vegetables. It's all from repetition. It's a great book. Great tips in here. It's great to see you again. The baby is called -- not the baby. The book. It feels like a baby. Pamela druckerman, great to see you.
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