An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children
On Sale: January 2, 2018
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An Entertaining, Enlightening Look at the Art of Raising
Self-Reliant, Independent Children Based on One American
Mom’s Experiences in Germany
When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband
and toddler, she knew the transition would be challenging,
especially when she became pregnant with her second child.
She was surprised to discover that German parents give their
children a great deal of freedom―much more than Americans.
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 fears, and their
children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what
she intended, which was toraise capable children? Why was
parenting culture so different in the States?
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 American parents don't (or have
perhaps forgotten) about raising kids with “selbstandigkeit”
(self-reliance), and provides practical examples American
parents can use to give their own children the freedom they
need to grow into responsible, independent adults.
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