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Advance praise for French Twist
“Presented with a touch of humor and spot-on descriptions of childhood (mis)behavior, the advice, which touches on such topics as breastfeeding and school participation, is practical and useful. A refreshing approach to raising children.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] charming and clever parenting chronicle . . . Though some may prefer their naughty kids just the way they are, this breezy, entertaining study of parenting a la Paris may prompt others to pour a café au lait and rethink their strategies.”—Publishers Weekly
“French Twist describes an open-minded experiment in French-style parenting (though apparently there’s not even a French word for parenting!) and reveals itself as an honest examination of the author’s own missteps and prejudices—which we all can relate to—and the whole overparenting trend in this country. Are Catherine Crawford’s conclusions ‘French’? Who cares? They’re immensely logical and rational, and delivered with an abundance of love.”—Muffy Mead-Ferro, author of Confessions of a Slacker Mom
“Ever seen a French child throw a tantrum in a restaurant or talk back to his parents? Neither has Catherine Crawford. In French Twist she uncovers the secrets of French child-rearing—and then tries them out on her own family, with remarkable results. Part memoir, part instruction manual, French Twist is hilarious, honest, and incredibly useful.”—Lori Leibovich, executive lifestyle editor of The Huffington Post
“Catherine Crawford has written a great parenting book. I can’t wait to have kids and apply all I have learned here. Wait—hold on. I’m being told I already have two kids. This is incredible news! I will begin applying immediately.”—Adam Scott, actor, Parks and Recreation
Catherine Crawford is a contributor to Droolicious on Babble.com, and the parenting website What They Play, where she conceived of and has written the Mothership column. She has appeared on CBS and Fox to discuss issues related to balancing work and motherhood. She lives with her husband, writer Mac Montandon, and their two children in Brooklyn.See all Editorial Reviews
Great book! I like the way she stated both American and French ways and usually came to a middle ground that works for her family.Published 4 months ago by chelsea
I think I am becoming more and more French these days- love their ways, love their approach towards life, and their kids raising techniques. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ujwal meka
This is not a child rearing book, but rather the author's intelligent, funny, and thoughtful memoir of her journey from being a doormat of a mom to being "le chef. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Martha
The first book on the subject I read was Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman. I found it so enlightening that I read French Kids Each Everything by Karen Le Billon... Read morePublished 14 months ago by vbbe
I really loved this book. It was just the right balance of information and entertainment. I do have two small children and would never make it through a long boring parenting... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lk
FRENCH TWIST IS DELIGHTFUL. I REALLY COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR VERY LONG.IT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO READ NOT STUFFY OR DULL, OR BORING. JUST PLAIN CLEAN FUN BOOK TO READ. Read morePublished 17 months ago by VALERIE TOWNSEND
I had never thought about looking to other cultures for parenting advice but this book has so many great ideas for making life with you kids less of an argument or negotiation and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carissa
This text is cleverly written, clear but highly intelligent writing explaining a necessary thought base in rearing children which would help our entire society. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paula carter
I really thought this was a great book! Besides making me laugh, it made me think. My kids are teens and I didn't face some of the issues laid out (feeling pressured to save cord... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Layna M.