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Today Show: Achtung Baby Author Reveals How Germans raise Self-Reliant Children

Sara Zaske raised her children in Germany for six years, and wrote about it in her book “Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children.” On TODAY she suggests that kids not be driven anywhere that they can get to on their own, and that they solve their own fights.

Salon Talks: Is German parenting superior?

Sara Zaske, author of “Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children,” joins Salon’s Alli Joseph to break down her process of fostering independence in youth and decreasing “mom guilt.”

New Day NW:  Teaching kids self-reliance with Achtung Baby

After spending more than six years in Germany raising her child, Sara Zaske reflects on the experiences of parental culture-shock and German philosophies of teaching kids self-reliance in her book Achtung Baby. Sara talks about her book and shows us a few things we can learn from German parents.


USA Today

Achtung Baby: Should we parent more like Germans do?

America may be the land of the free, home of the brave, but it’s Germany whose children display independence and whose parents have the courage to take a step back, Sara Zaske writes in Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children


Volk Heroes: This fun book about how Germans raise their kids will break American parents hearts.

In a memorable scene of Sara Zaske’s guide to German-style parenting, Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children, Zaske sends her 4-year-old daughter Sophia to her Berlin preschool with a bathing suit in her bag. It turns out, however, that the suit is unnecessary: All the tykes at Sophia’s Kita frolic in the water-play area naked. Later that year, Sophia and the rest of her Kita class take part in a gleefully parent-free sleepover. A sleepover! At school! For a 4-year-old! These two snapshots of life as a modern German child—uninhibited nudity; jaw-dropping independence—neatly encapsulate precisely why Zaske’s book is in equal turns exhilarating and devastating to an American parent.

Library Journal

German-style Parenting (Starred Review!)

“A compelling cultural study that will interest all those who wish to learn about German culture, as well as American parents and educators.”

Chicago Tribune

Letting Kids Light Matches and 9 other seemingly scary things that German parents do

When Sara Zaske’s 7-year-old daughter came home from school asking for matches, Zaske’s response was just what you would expect from an American parent: “Why?”


How to raise outdoor-loving, independent kids? Ask the Germans.

Class sleepovers, transit trips without an adult, early lessons with fire. Sara Zaske’s ‘Achtung Baby’ explores the German approach to parenting.

Daily Globe and Mail

Daily Mail (UK)

Let your children run free — German style: A mother shares how moving country gave her children permission to be themselves

The Herald, Scotland

How to set your children free: bring them up the German way

YOU’RE walking down the street and see a young child – five years old, six maybe; they are cycling along the road on their own. What do you do? Is the child lost? Should you call the police?

The Independent (Ireland)

The very different way that Germans raise confident kids

Imagine a place where children walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, and even cut food with sharp knives. Author Sara Zaske raised her children in Berlin for six years and was impressed by their very different parenting approach

Post (Ireland)

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The Sunday Times (UK)
Should We Be Parenting Like Germans?

Forget helicopter parenting. Move over, tiger mums. A new book claims that the German approach to bringing up children is the way to go now. Style’s half-German writer agrees.
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Want more self-reliant, responsible kids? Try Selbständigkeit, the German way.

The German practice of giving children more independence early on creates more resilient and responsible grownups, says this American mom.

Business Insider–excerpt

I raised my American children in Berlin — and I was floored by the differences between parenting in the US and Germany

Tree Hugger

Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children’ (book review)

German reviews (sample):

Berliner Morgenpost
Was Amerikaner an deutscher Kindererziehung schätzen “Lasst die Kinder miteinander kämpfen!” – Amerika streitet über deutsche Erziehung „Deutsche Kinder haben viel Freiraum“

Radio Interviews (sample):

Minnesota Public Radio/MPRNews: Author Sara Zaske on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Kids

KBYU: Matt Townsend Show: Self-Reliant Children (starts at 1:08)

WNYC Do Germans raise more self-reliant children

KOMO news Seattle What can American parents learn from German parents about raising kids?

KTRS St. Louis  The McGraw Show: Achtung Baby (Youtube link)

WAMC: The Joe Donahue Show: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children

Early Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews

Publisher’s Weekly

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