Opinion | Family

'Bringing Up Bébé' : Critiquing the Newest Parenting 'It' Book

Pamela Druckerman admires the French's hands-off parenting style. What's right—and wrong—about it.

What would happen if Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame had three children, settled in France instead of Italy, then read Amy "Tiger Mom" Chua's diatribe against American parenting with both horror and assent, and sat down to pen her own book? You'd have something akin to the new "it" book about parenting, Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman. It smacks of an attempted repeat run to the bank exploiting American's parental insecurity with another foreign-mothers-are-better book. (And in defense of my own cynicism, all three books share the same publisher.)

There's much in this book to critique. The style is annoyingly chatty, the evidence for both her allegations and her adulation largely anecdotal. There's more fault to find, but this book, though sans mention of God or any spiritual reality beyond the material, raises an essential question that matters to parenting women of faith.

But first, for those who ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview
To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.
Already a CT subscriber? for full digital access.
January/February

Read These Next

close
hide this
Access The Archives

Member-Only Access

Subscribe to Christianity Today to continue reading this article from CT's digital archives.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? to continue reading.