Asian mothers demand straight A's. A French mere makes her children taste eggplant and truffles (and stay out of the marital bed in the morning), while pygmy fathers soothe fussy babies by offering a manly nipple.
Obviously, America's popular What to Expect books aren't the final word in baby manuals. But this year, parenting memoirs really go global.
A year after Amy Chua set off a firestorm with Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, she's on a paperback tour that ranges from India to St. Louis.
With the new Bringing Up Bebe — a "wisdom of French parenting" book — and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm — a wisdom of everywhere book — there's a sense that many little bundles of American joy are being exposed to lessons learned around the world.
FOUR PERSPECTIVESParenting values and practices are morphing, and the discourse on the 'right way to parent'
is becoming more monotone. Here are four of the lastest books prompting the discussion:
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua. (Penguin, $16 in paperback)
- How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting, by Mei-Ling Hopgood (Algonquin, $15.95)
- The Real Purpose of Parenting, by Dr. Philip B. Dembo (Jacquie Jordan, $15.95)
- Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman (Penguin, $25.95)