Sara Zaske - Achtung Baby (Sausalito)

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Partnership with Southern Marin Mother's Club

When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be multi-layered, adding parenting and then the birth of another child into the mix. 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 to raise 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 many new and practical ideas American parents can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults. Our American anxiety is a culturally specific modern stumbling block—which readers can overcome using Zaske’s crucial insights into the German perspective on parenting.

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Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250160171
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador USA - January 2nd, 2018

An Entertaining, Enlightening Look at the Art of Raising Self-Reliant, Independent Children Based on One American Mom's Experiences in Germany