"But much about 'French' parenting doesn't depend on where you live, or require access to certain types of cheese. It's as accessible in Cleveland as in Cannes. It mostly requires a parent to shift how she conceives of her relationship to her children and what she expects from them."
-Bringing up Bèbè
I thought Pamela Druckerman's book about raising children in France was fascinating. Particularly the parts about how French women view motherhood and the various roles they play. With a 3-year-old and new baby on the way, the book was also a nice reminder that we're all dealing with similar situations like sleeping through the night and how to teach children what's acceptable. There's always room for improvement. I didn't think any of the parenting philosophies in the book were exclusively French but they do have a more eloquent way of saying things!
(Listen to the author's interview with NPR)