French Parents Don’t Give In by Pamela Druckerman || KappaCino Book Club

French Parents Don’t Give In by Pamela Druckerman is one of the first parenting books that I have reviewed. This book is packed with parenting tips that come straight from the parents of France.

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The book

This book is a follow up from her first book, French Children Don’t Throw Food. After the popularity of the first book, Druckerman distilled the knowledge of that first book into 100 tips. The 100 tips are divided into different sections, are easy to digest and fun to read. The book is filled with the highlights from French parents and child-care experts.

Thoughts on the book

This is easy to read that tells you how the French do it, not how you should do it. If you are a new parent, this is very refreshing of receiving advice because everyone likes to tell you how they think you should be doing things. The French way to parent is a lot more relaxed and French mothers are not supposed to worry. Being zen and calm is the focus for French parents.

Thoughts on the Author

Pamela gives us a rare insight into how people parent across the world. As an American raising her children in France, she has the real-life experience to make comparisons about the different styles of parenting. Pamela was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal between 1997 and 2002. Now, she is a freelance writer and has several books and articles featured in various magazines.


If you are looking for a different perspective to parenting, then this is a great book. In a world where we have so much information being thrown at us, this is an interesting viewpoint on child rearing. If you are a new parent, then this is a great book to help you filter out a lot of the rubbish that well-meaning friends and family like to give you.

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