Book Review: Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske

Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant ChildrenAchtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First up, I’m a Mother living in Germany who originates from the UK and I bought this book to help me understand the differences between the two cultures (parenting wise). I’ll do this review in English because I think most readers will be American/British people wanting the same.

I burned through this book in a day because it’s an entertaining and easy read (I took it to the park and read, whilst my daughter played in the sand). I loved the style of writing, it didn’t preach but made a good case for most of the claims (backed up by data, although sometimes the comparisons weren’t like for like I noticed). The author is also careful to state that this is HER experience in Berlin and that regionality plays a huge part in the variance across Germany. There are mentions of other Berlin parents but this won’t give you a picture of other parts of Germany.

The bottom line is that a bilingual Kita in Berlin is going to do things very differently from a Kita where they speak only German in Baden Württemberg (where I live). I’ll be honest, some of the most awesome things in this book (overnights at Kita and week-long vacations without parents at 6 years old) I don’t expect come as standard, but I’ll find out 🙂

I think the book is fantastic for a general snapshot of Berlin attitudes to parenting in modern Germany as opposed to wider American ideas. I absolutely loved it for Zaske’s point of view, and the fact I couldn’t put it down speaks volumes.

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