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    Default French children don't throw food....

    Just finished read it, really enjoyed it!! Anyone else read it? What did you think? Will you try anything out?

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    This book makes me want to stab my eyeballs out with a fork.

    ETA: I will elaborate a bit later when I have a good hour up my sleeve
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    What's it about? Sound interesting but I'm gathering controversial?

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    The author was on one of those morning shows recently. It looks like she went to France and noticed that French children were all well behaved in cafés/restaurants and ate their vegies, so she 'researched' the reasons why.

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    Are they going to release a book next 'Our sh*t doesn't stink?' by the French. Honestly there are quite a few books out there such as French women don't get fat and other ones about how perfect they are as a race. I'm expecting my idea to be a best seller...... In France.

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    Saw the author on the today show. Id like to read it, but I'd still take what she says with a grain if salt.

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    Hmm sounds like an interesting book, I'd love to know about her "research".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    What's it about? Sound interesting but I'm gathering controversial?
    It's pretty much explains how to raise a child to not make a peep at a restaurant - by disciplining them heavily and making sure they conform to the parents lifestyles. It should be called "How to tame your baby to act like an obedient dog". There are a million things wrong with the book, this is just a quick example.

    It explores authoritarian themes of parenting and goes against most aspects of Attachment Parenting.

    Oh and lets not forget the part about how the Mums look SO sexy in France

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    It's pretty much explains how to raise a child to not make a peep at a restaurant - by disciplining them heavily and making sure they conform to the parents lifestyles. It should be called "How to tame your baby to act like an obedient dog". There are a million things wrong with the book, this is just a quick example.

    It explores authoritarian themes of parenting and goes against most aspects of Attachment Parenting.

    Oh and lets not forget the part about how the Mums look SO sexy in France
    I don't think I should read this book now, sounds like it will just infuriate me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    Hmm sounds like an interesting book, I'd love to know about her "research".
    Her "research" (I cringe even typing that in inverted commas) basically involved hanging out with the upper class French. It's heavily criticised, even by people who like the book.

    Here are a couple of excerpts from the very start of the book - it's just dripping in smugness and very stereotypical:

    What British parent hasn’t noticed, on visiting France, how polite and civilized French children are, compared to our own? They
    don’t cause havoc in restaurants, they always say ‘bonjour’ politely to
    adults, and they never throw tantrums in supermarkets. Why is it normal for
    French babies to sleep through the night by two or three months? And how do
    their mothers always manage to look so sexy, cool and chic?
    and my favourite:

    I’m hardly the first to point out that middle-class
    Britain and America have a parenting problem

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