October 27, 2015

Raising "Enfants" in Paris by Lessage: Travel the World in Books Guest Post


Our Travel the World in Books Readathon is a chance to read books to learn about different cultures and countries other than your own. Join us October 18-31, 2015 to expand your horizons, travel the world in books and let publishers know #WeNeedDiverseBooks. 
If you haven’t heard, our readathon goal is quite simple...to read and learn about countries and cultures different from our own. It's a great excuse to cozy up with a good book and travel to places you might not otherwise be able to visit! My awesome co-hosts Tanya, Savvy, Lucy and Aloi and I have a great couple of weeks in store for you, check out the entire schedule of events here.

Guest Post

Today, it's our honor to bring author and publisher Vicki Lesage to you with a guest post on Raising “Enfants” in Paris. Vicki is an American living in Paris and has the challenge of raising kids in a foreign city. She is the author of Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer and co-owns a publishing house, Velvet Morning Press and they are giving away 3 books in our Readathon giveaway!  How awesome is that?!?

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Raising “Enfants” In Paris

By Vicki Lesage

If there's one stereotype about the French that's true--and positive--it's the fact that they enjoy fresh bread every day. No matter how busy life gets, they still find time to head to their favorite local boulangerie (which might not always be the closest one, but will still be within walking distance) and pick up fresh bread for dinner. And often breakfast and lunch as well. I don't know how they stay so skinny.

As the mother of two young children in Paris, my life is definitely busy! So busy that I buy loaves of industrial bread just in case I don't make to the boulangerie every day. But shhh, don't tell anyone or they'll revoke this American's residency permit!

However, when I'm not feeding my kids artificially white bread (or chasing them around or running them to doctor's appointments or changing diapers or...) I do try to take them to the boulangerie. If I go with my three-year-old son, you can count on the five-minute trip taking fifteen minutes as he points out every motorcycle, bug, and piece of trash on the way, flaunting his growing French vocabulary. When we arrive at the boulangerie, he'll shout "UNE BAGUETTE, S'IL TE PLAIT" because he hasn't quite mastered volume control or the more polite "s'il vous plaît." But let's be honest--I'M still trying to master the difference between tu and vous in French!

If I go with my seventeen-month-old daughter instead, you can count on the five-minute trip taking twenty-five minutes as she points out every tiny speck of dirt on the ground, every oiseau flying in the sky. When we arrive at the boulangerie, I'll do the ordering but she'll hand over the shiny coins to pay, then will greedily chomp away at the baguette on the walk home. If I'm lucky, she'll share with me. And if Papa and my son are lucky, we might even save some for them.

Do I raise my kids exactly how the French do? Nah. I take shortcuts here and there, and I hold on to some of my American traditions. But I do try to slow down and enjoy French life where I can. Because life is too short to eat bad bread.

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Amazon bestselling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn't as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don't laugh when she says "au revoir." She penned Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer, and Christmas Confessions & Cocktails in between diaper changes and wine refills. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com. **Facebook** Twitter ** Amazon **

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Daily Discussion Posts

Travel the World in Books Readathon, Oct. 18-31, 2015. Daily discussion topics to get you talking about your favorite world books, authors, genres and places to visit. 

This year we want to get YOU talking about your favorite books, authors, genres, and characters. Every day we'll have a different topic of discussion. You can write a new blog post, link up a couple of old posts that are pertinent to the topic and/or leave comments answering our questions. Linkups will be open through 11/7/15 ( a week after the readathon ends to give you plenty of time to write a new post if you want). Today's discussion topic: WORLD NONFICTION

Instagram Photo Challenge

Travel the World in Books Readathon Instagram Photo Challenge. Join us October 18-31, 2015 for the readathon and share pictures of your favorite books and authors from around the world.
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I LOVE Instagram. Join us for our Instagram challenge for our Travel the World in Books Readathon, using our new shorter #TTWIBRAT hashtag. Be sure to follow your hosts on Instagram too: TanyaBecca, Lucy and Aloi . Tag each day's photos with the #TTWIBRAT hashtag. Don't worry if you miss a day, just share and tag the photo with #TTWIBRAT anytime! Today, head over and share your WORLD NONFICTION. Have fun and I'll see you on Instagram! 

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