By Betsy Biesenbach
One of the best-selling books on the shelves right now is “Bringing Up Bebe” by Pamela Druckerman. She believes the French have the market cornered on raising self-sufficient, well-behaved children, and we Americans could learn a thing or two from them.
But I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all parenting. When my son was born, my mother-in-law and I discovered we had no common ground when it came to child-rearing. I admit she had more experience — she raised her own two children and helped bring up five younger siblings. I had no contact with children until I became a mother myself. Everything I knew came from books.
Biesenbach, of Roanoke, is a freelance writer, title examiner and author of “Bits O’ Betsy Biesenbach.”