My favourite books (Paper and Audio) to learn about France and French

Books that helped me Pamela Druckermans’ French Children Don’t Throw Food is one of my favourite reads. I read it while my hubby drove from the North West to Holland, for our family holiday in 2013. I was unable to put it down…

This book helps you to understand parenting, education, and tradition in France, which in my opinion is a great place to start when it comes to learning French, especially if you have children.

At the time I was a childminder and working alone can leave you and your practice stale at times. I was definitely feeling like I needed to get my ‘thing’ back. This book definitely did it for me. I was excited to implement lots from this book into my practice, including learning French.

In 2015 when I had my youngest daughter I reread the book to refresh my memory. I use it on a daily basis to help me with parenting even today.

When my daughter was around 10 weeks old I was thinking about her ‘doing her nights’ as mentioned in the book. I read of ways to implement the structure of the ‘doing her nights’ into my then nightly routine. I was armed with a plan and was ready to use it once my Ellie was 12 weeks old.

At 11 weeks +2 days Ellie slept through the night and continued to do so every night. My plan was not needed but I’m so glad I had the plan there and ready to be used.

Now that we homeschool and Ellie is with me full time (she’s almost 3), whenever we go to the park, I sit at the side watching her play and interact with her peers, creating relationships with new friends. She is so lovely to watch. If she falls she picks herself up and if she needs me I am there. But I don’t come running and I don’t play with her. This is her place not mine. I’ll happily chat with other parents at the edge of the park and have my own fun time getting to know new people.

If you are pushed for time to read this fantastic book… Try Pamela’s parenting tips book: French Parents Don’t Give In this is a great book for quick reference. Parenting is the hardest job! Make it easier for you 🙂

Now we are learning French as a family and hope to spend more time in France in the future.

Paul Noble’s French Course is a fab way to learn to speak French. It’s available on audible which is a great platform to learn a new language. It’s repetitive and easy to follow. We are currently using this and find it such a refreshing way to learn a language.

If you have any questions about any of the books mentioned above or about Audible, please do ask.

Thanks for your time… Keep positive!


Author: Alex@ministryofminding

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