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When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be challenging, especially when she became pregnant with her second child. 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 practical examples American parents can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults.
This instructive audiobook is perfect for new parents and anyone else interested in how different cultures approach child-rearing.
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By Miss JMA on 04-28-18
Didn't Care for It
What did you like best about Achtung Baby? What did you like least?
The idea of hearing another mother's cultural experiences abroad.
I had hoped for a more open telling and then to let the listener make their own conclusions. I did not like the constant tone of why America is the worse place for families and "what is wrong" with us. I ignored it for a few chapters, but got irritated as it continued. I also disliked the revisionist history lesson at the beginning about the Soviet liberation of Berlin which I found ruefully rose-colored on more than one detail; I felt quite angry at one point.
Got through several chapters after that, but didn't even finish it.
What could Sara Zaske have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Read about what the Soviets did to the Berliners they "liberated", how our forces were ordered to stop their advance to Berlin on the basis of political gains sought with Stalin, and the conditions under which the Red Army treated their soldiers.
What didn’t you like about Sara Zaske’s performance?
It was not very expressive or interesting to listen to.
Could you see Achtung Baby being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
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By Heather Draughon Kobi on 01-31-18
I want to move to Germany!
Where does Achtung Baby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Achtung Baby ranks very highly among all the audiobooks that I have listened to so far. I have been listening to tons of parenting books since having my daughter recently. I love hearing about how other cultures/countries do things. I think that they have some great ideas in Germany about raising children. I plan on using many of the ideas that I got from this book in my own life.
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