Lately, I've taken a break from Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Peter Drucker, HBR and other marketing and management books. It's what I'd like to call my 'light, frothy, non fiction' phase.

Not sure when it quite started, but I guess that this book I just finished reading, Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up Bèbè, has a lot to do with it. Friends have initially raised eyebrows as to why I've been reading a French psychology {in disguise} book on parenting. "Are you about to make an announcement?" one curious Jill asks. I bought it on the basis that it was French, is all, I thumbed back.

A few chapters into the book, Pamela Druckerman had me in stitches and I was very well led into the wonderful world of French èducation {upbringing}. Whereas Americans {and pseudo Americans such as Filipinos}, are accustomed to showering babies with attention enough to throw them into has been phases as soon as they get old enough. In the Philippines alone, kids are known to run around, screaming frantically wherever they go. They do not eat everything that's served in front of them and they are known to throw tantrums every now and then.

As I had found out in Druckerman's book, the French start their babies early -- and subject them babies to a few minutes of waiting, after crying, so they would learn to manage themselves. They teach the kids to eat an array of nutritional food, to be sagè, that is to be quietly sufficient for oneself. Wouldn't you know it, there's a lot to be learned from a French parenting book?

So I'd guess this is where I owe most of my wisdom these days -- teaching myself to be sagè -- calming my heart and finding joy everywhere, too. Thank you, Pamela Druckerman.

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