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The central premise of this book by Bronson (What Should I Do with My Life?) and Merryman, a Washington Post journalist, is that many of modern society's most popular strategies for raising children are in fact backfiring because key points in the science of child development and behavior have been overlooked. Two errant assumptions are responsible for current distorted child-rearing habits, dysfunctional school programs and wrongheaded social policies: first, things work in children the same way they work in adults and, second, positive traits necessarily oppose and ward off negative behavior. These myths, and others, are addressed in 10 provocative chapters that cover such issues as the inverse power of praise (effort counts more than results); why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids' capacity to learn; why white parents don't talk about race; why kids lie; that evaluation methods for giftedness and accompanying programs don't work; why siblings really fight (to get closer). Grownups who trust in old-fashioned common-sense child-rearing—the definitely un-PC variety, with no negotiation or parent-child equality—will have less patience for this book than those who fear they lack innate parenting instincts. The chatty reportage and plentiful anecdotes belie the thorough research backing up numerous cited case studies, experts' findings and examination of successful progressive programs at work in schools. (Sept.)
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Reviewers were generally wowed by Bronson and Merryman's breezy synthesis of the latest parenting research. They often favorably contrasted NurtureShock with traditional parenting guides, which seem old-fashioned compared with the authors' cutting-edge approach. But at least one skeptic felt that NurtureShock was just more of the same; the New York Times Book Review noted that every generation has a "revolutionary" book of parental advice, and this one may only seem novel because of a new kind of packaging. Nevertheless, even Pamela Paul found parts of the book interesting, suggesting that there may indeed be something in NurtureShock for everyone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
You will not regret reading this book. Children are the greatest mysteries and this is a start to be a better steward of the little ones.Published 3 days ago by Lauren E. Rea
Great! I give it as a wedding gift. Eye-opening stories about interesting topics. An easy read, and fun to share.Published 3 days ago by B. LOHMAN
This is generally a well-written, interesting book. It debunked quite a few theories for me, including the one about sibling rivalry being a battle for parental attention. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Katherine E Wharmby Seldman
This is the second book we buy... the first it was in Spanish and the second one in English ( it was for a gifts...). Read morePublished 16 days ago by S. Paul Abbott
book was not new...
It had a glass mark on the cover and something sticky next to the glass ring.
Parenting as it should have been tought, better late than never.Published 1 month ago by MAT, Austin Texas
I think this book has potentially a very wide readership. First of all, it will certainly be interesting for parents with children of any age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by IrKhou
Some tools to add to your toolbox when you're raising a child...like most things, don't take it to excess, but consider the lessons learned and see if you can implement them.Published 1 month ago by BlueFlamingo