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Achtung Baby

Achtung Baby

An entertaining, enlightening look at the art of raising self-reliant, independent children based on one Mum’s experiences in Germany.

Warm and companionable . . . I closed Achtung Baby feeling more relaxed and confident. While both my kids were up a tree.’ – Helen Brown, Daily Mail

When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives and even play with fire. German parents did not share her parental fears and their children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what she intended, which was to raise capable children?

Through her own family’s often funny experiences as well as interviews with other parents, teachers, and experts, Zaske shares the many unexpected parenting lessons she learned from living in Germany. Achtung Baby reveals that today’s Germans know something that other parents don’t (or have perhaps forgotten) about raising kids with ‘selbstandigkeit’ (self-reliance), and provides many new and practical ideas parents everywhere can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults.
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Genre: Health & Personal Development

On Sale: 2nd January 2018

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780349418551

Reviews

Step aside French Children Don't Throw Food and Tiger-Mothering . . . Blending her own family's often funny experiences with interviews with other parents, teachers and experts, Zaske shares some unexpected European parenting lessons
Bookseller
Warm and companionable . . . I closed [Achtung Baby] feeling more relaxed and confident. While both my kids were up a tree
Helen Brown, Daily Mail
Zaske details her experience mothering in Germany to present a portrait of German-style parenting that is at once entertaining, surprising, and instructive. With curiosity and insight, she reveals how many of our parenting assumptions stem not from evidence but from insecurity and fear
Kim Brooks, author of <i>The Houseguest</i> and <i>Small Animals</i>, and editor, <i>Salon.com</i>
Step aside French Children Don't Throw Food and Tiger-Mothering . . . Blending her own family's often funny experiences with interviews with other parents, teachers and experts, Zaske shares some unexpected European parenting lessons.
Bookseller
This is a beautiful book. Zaske uses her personal experience raising her children in Berlin to reveal the differences - fundamental and trivial, serious and humorous - between German and American parenting, finding lessons in the ways Germans rear their children from birth to adolescence. Zaske probes our cultural differences and mines the hard data to offer us her pungent observations. Her insights deserve our attention
Robert LeVine, author of <i>Do Parents Matter?</i>
Supported by statistics and research studies, Zaske makes a strong argument that German parenting practices are creating smarter and more productive parents and children alike
Publishers Weekly
Supported by statistics and research studies, Zaske makes a strong argument that German parenting practices are creating smarter and more productive parents and children alike
Publishers Weekly
I was completely drawn into this marvelous account of how Zaske learned to trust her children and allow them the freedoms they craved. It is the story of one family and, at the same time, of childrens' and parents' lives in two huge modern nations. I recommend it to all American parents, educators, policy makers, and others concerned with children's lives and the future of our society
Peter Gray, author of <i>Free to Learn</i>
Part memoir, part an essay on parenting, Zaske's book is furnished with ample statistics and research . . . Zaske is equally perceptive when probing delicate and complicated topics
Fani Papageorgiou, Times Literary Supplement
An entertaining, informative, and enlightening narrative on the German methods of parenting
Kirkus Reviews
I was completely drawn into this marvelous account of how Zaske learned to trust her children and allow them the freedoms they craved. It is the story of one family and, at the same time, of childrens' and parents' lives in two huge modern nations. I recommend it to all American parents, educators, policy makers, and others concerned with children's lives and the future of our society
Peter Gray, author of <i>Free to Learn</i>
This is a beautiful book. Zaske uses her personal experience raising her children in Berlin to reveal the differences - fundamental and trivial, serious and humorous - between German and American parenting, finding lessons in the ways Germans rear their children from birth to adolescence. Zaske probes our cultural differences and mines the hard data to offer us her pungent observations. Her insights deserve our attention
Robert LeVine, author of <i>Do Parents Matter?</i>
Zaske details her experience mothering in Germany to present a portrait of German-style parenting that is at once entertaining, surprising, and instructive. With curiosity and insight, she reveals how many of our parenting assumptions stem not from evidence but from insecurity and fear
Kim Brooks, author of <i>The Houseguest</i> and <i>Small Animals</i>, and editor of Salon.com
Warm and companionable . . . I closed [Achtung Baby] feeling more relaxed and confident. While both my kids were up a tree.
Helen Brown, Daily Mail
An entertaining, informative, and enlightening narrative on the German methods of parenting
Kirkus Reviews