Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bringing Up Bèbè

I would like to first remind everyone of the Dr. Seuss birthday party on Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30 am, in the lower level of the library. The Cat in the Hat will be there with free fun for young children and their favorite grown-up. Children will be able to pick out a free book, play with playdough and legos, draw pictures, play the fishing game, make a book, and have fun making a sticker picture. This year there will also be the opportunity to be the first to see the original artwork for the new picture book Little Sprout. The artwork will be hung on Friday morning, prior to the Dr. Seuss party and I will be inviting children and their grown-up to go upstairs to see this beautiful display in our library gallery. As the Cat would say, “If you come we’ll have fun. Lots, lots, lots of good fun!”
A few weeks ago I listened to one of the talk shows on public radio. There was a guest, an American, talking about her experiences raising children in Paris, France. She spoke about seeing some of the differences she observed in the way French parents parent and the way she, as an American, parents. Out of these observations came a book with a very classy title (in my opinion), Bringing Up Bèbè.
She spoke about how French babies could be in a restaurant with adults and wait for their food without whining or a tantrum and how they were able to ‘do their nights’ (sleep through the night) at two or three months.
As she learned more about the French style of parenting, she learned that from infancy on, French parents slowly and steadily teach their infants to wait and to be patient. They did this right from birth by observing their child’s rhythms and not rushing in to pick up a newborn out of their crib, because they felt the baby may only be restless in their sleep and not need to be fed. Other skills in learning to wait without fussing were built on these first months of observation and learning.
I have the book Bringing Up Bèbè, by Pamela Druckerman, on loan from the library for another week. It is a humorous and fun read. I recommend it!

“Do you know who chopped the tree,
Chopped the tree, chopped the tree?
Do you know who chopped the tree?”
Dad asked of George one day
“Yes I know who chopped the tree––“
Honest George did say
“It was I who chopped the tree—
I’m sorry but it’s true.”
“Thank-you George, you told the truth,
Told the truth, told the truth.
Thank-you George, you told the truth.”
Said dad, “I’m proud of you!”
Tune: Muffin Man

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