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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

by Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

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What an interesting book. It challenges a lot of the things that we think about children and offers scientific reason to back up their statements. Is a book that would appeal to parents as well as educators (such as myself) looking to make really and lasting changes with the children with whom I work. I highly recommend! ( )
  EdenSteffey | Mar 14, 2018 |
An insightful exploration of issues that transcends children's lives. It challenges what you thought you knew about raising children. I believe this is important reading for anyone with children or anyone who works with children in any way at all. A few interesting points for me:

a. Praise the 'process'; the effort and not the 'fixed trait' (intelligence)
b. Sleep loss impairs a child's brain
c. Tools of the Mind curriculum teaches self-control among preschool aged children
d. Brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter.
e. Baby videos doesn't help with language. One on one communication with parents (parent responding to babbling) does.
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1 vote Rheena | Feb 23, 2018 |
I would really have liked footnotes and felt the book suffered a bit in their absence.
(Maybe they'll have a 2nd edition?)

If it had had these, I would have given it five stars. ( )
  Zoe_Robertson | Jan 30, 2018 |
I've been quoting anecdotes and studies from the blog created by Bronson and Merryman to promote Nurtureshock for nearly a year. So when I saw the paperback sitting on one of the "featured" tables at my local Schuler's Bookstore, I figured it was about time I actually bought the book.

I was a little disappointed by how much of the material was already familiar. In particular, the chapter on race held very little information for anyone who had followed the blog. However, even if the entire book had been similarly over-exposed, I could have probably still been persuaded that the book was worth its purchase price simply to have all those studies and stories in one place, for reference and for foisting on others. Happily, though, once past this chapter (a scant quarter of the way through the book), I was regularly regaled with new theories and insights once again.

I ended up quite as enthusiastic about this book as I had been about the blog. I am now constantly telling stories from the chapter on the importance of sleep -- only somewhat less so from the chapter on language acquisition.

The book does have its flaws. It is a series of "hey, isn't this interesting?" wanderings, and seems to lack a central theory to pull it together, other than just "hey, this raising kids stuff isn't quite what we thought it was." I suppose that's why it made just as much sense in blog form. While the desire for such an over-arching theory occasionally chafes while reading, I found it forgivable, as the strength of all the new information was more than interesting enough to carry me along. ( )
  greeniezona | Dec 6, 2017 |
I was not overly impressed by this book on child psychology. It seemed like the authors were trying too hard and spread themselves too thin. They glossed over scientific studies and made wide generalizations about those studies. Then they spent a lot of time on one or two anecdotes that vaguely proved their generalization, sometimes contradicting their own opinions. One chapter (Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn't) left me entirely confused about what they wanted me to learn from this research. Should I reinforce sounds made by infants, or not reinforce them because I wouldn't do it correctly anyway? I have new points to think about because of this book, but I will have to get facts from other sources. ( )
  jguidry | Aug 10, 2017 |
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But to judge from these pages, the authors are a bit too enthralled with their academic sources. Their penchant for describing psychological studies and research projects as if they were chemistry experiments, with phrases like “the test of scientific analysis” and “the science of peer relations,” conjure up the image of Thomas Dolby repeatedly exhorting “Science!” ......Bronson has adroitly polished a fairly unoriginal subject into high-gloss pop psychology.

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In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.

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Award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science of child development have been overlooked. The authors discuss the inverse power of praise, why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids' capacity to learn, why white parents don't talk about race, why kids lie, why evaluation methods for "giftedness" and accompanying programs don't work, and why siblings really fight.… (more)

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