Contrasting parenting styles is a hot topic in recent books. The latest of these is "Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting." Author Pamela Druckerman writes about raising a baby in Paris. She is astonished to observe how well-behaved French children are in restaurants. She does not see children interrupting their parents or refusing to eat, and she learns that most babies sleep through the night at two months old. Druckerman resolves to investigate what French parents can teach the rest of the world.
If you must wait for Druckerman's book, perhaps you can catch up with last year's "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." Amy Chua caused quite a stir with her book about differences between Chinese and American parenting. Her description of raising her two daughters illustrates the many differences between the Chinese and Western culture. This book inspired anger, admiration, and much conversation.
For a more global view of parenting styles, you might try "How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (From Argentina to Tanzania and Everywhere in Between)." Mei-Ling Hopgood observes child rearing methods in different cultures. Her approach is not intended to endorse one practice over another, but to reveal the many ways people care for their young.
--Jennifer A., -Headquarters