I started listening to Bringing up Bebe this morning. I’m already thankful that this is the first pregnancy/parenting/baby book I’m reading during my pregnancy. The book’s author is an American woman who conceives, carries, and raises 3 children in Paris. While in France, she observes how different the entire French culture approaches motherhood and parenthood than we do in America. Their attitude is much more worry-free while still raising confident and creative children. The French pregnancy magazines have articles entitled “9 Month Spa” rather than “Is it safe?” During pregnancy they encourage indulgence (while somehow gaining the recommended French 26 pounds versus the American recommended 35 pounds) rather than fear. The French parents aren’t required to adhere to one parenting theory or another, instead, they have a cultural theory that’s so embedded into everyone’s psyche that its actually difficult for the French to articulate what it is.