Parenting with an Accent

Parenting with an Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children

Now out from Beacon Press in hardcover, audio and ebook formats!

Through personal narrative and conversations, Parenting with an Accent paints a realistic and compassionate picture of what it’s like for immigrant parents raising a child in America while honoring their cultural identities. Using data, humor, and on-the-ground reportage, it incorporates diverse voices and interviews with experts in bilingualism, acculturation, and more, emphasizing how immigrants and their children remain an integral part of America’s story.

Available at your local bookstore, as well as from:

Penguin Random House

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"An affirming guide to parenting as an immigrant . . . feels conversational, but always salient. With a wealth of empathy on offer, this will go a long way toward making parents who face similar situations feel understood."

Publishers Weekly

"A timely update on the travails and glories of being an immigrant to our country told with thoughtfulness and compassion." 

—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story 

“Growing up as an immigrant child and then becoming an immigrant parent can feel lonely and unsettling, like living between worlds. Rumer’s Parenting with an Accent made me feel less isolated and more understood. Celebrating the wisdom and traditions that so many diverse heritages bring to parenting, as Rumer deftly demonstrates, makes us all richer and opens windows to see new possibilities for generations growing up in a fast-changing, complex world. This book is a great read for any parent wishing to understand their role through a wider lens.”

—Homa Sabet Tavangar, author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World

“Filled with real-world experiences and insights, and written with great warmth and wit, Parenting with an Accent is a much-needed guide that will no doubt have a hugely positive impact on the lives of so many families in today’s multicultural America.”    

—Adam Beck, author of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability

“Though our population has become increasingly diverse, myths and misperceptions about multicultural child-rearing continue to abound . . . Rumer takes us on a fascinating and extensive global journey right here at home in America, introducing us to the world of immigrant families and how they raise their children. Through family profiles, interviews with experts, and extensive research, Rumer—an immigrant parent herself—offers unprecedented and much-needed practical guidance on topics such as assimilation, bilingualism, and childcare. Her book is sure to appeal to multicultural families, as well as anyone who wants to understand how the fabric of our society is changing for the better.” 

—Christine Gross-Loh, author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents  Around the World Can Teach Us

“Masha Rumer’s writing on immigrant parenting is well-researched, thoughtful, and incredibly helpful. As a bilingual parent, I would often find myself at a loss at how to approach my kids’ upbringing and education. What is more important: to preserve the riches of my old-country culture, or to make the assimilation easier? What would be the right balance between the two? And more importantly, how do I ensure that I don’t screw my kids up? Masha Rumer explores all of these problems in a manner that is both serious and deeply engaging.”  

—Lara Vapnyar, author of Divide Me by Zero

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