Bebe Day by Day is very similar to Bringing Up Bebe, but strips out the memoir bits and organizes the actual parenting tips by topic.
If you’ve read the first book, you won’t find much ground-breaking new material in the second, but I did find the organization and reminder helpful. I also was seized once again with a fierce desire to learn French and teach it to my kids. Indianapolis parents, if you know of a French co-op or class, let me know!
As with the first book, I was again struck by the emphasis on being calm (the phrase suis sage is itself a good reason to learn French!) and cultural support for behavioral expectations. I also noticed lots of parallels between the French parenting culture and the communication strategies I recently read about in How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. It’s always interesting when book topics overlap.
I think the biggest takeaway I got from Bebe Day by Day was my own need to suis sage. “Calm” is not a word that many people would use to describe me, if they know me very well at all. But I could stand to work on that part of my character, and the book inspired me to do so.
I’d recommend Bebe Day by Day, especially if you’re more interested in the nitty-gritty of the parenting tips and less in the author’s personal memoir.
Are you a sage parent?
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