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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children Paperback – January 5, 2011
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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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From Bookmarks Magazine
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.
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Being a graduate student, I've had numerous developmental theories pounded into my head that I will not soon forget. Many of the theories that have been floating around in my brain since freshman year Psych100 have become foundations for things I am still learning as a first year graduate student. The research findings and discussions presented in this book not only align with relevant theories, but also help to combat myths of old theories that are no longer being automatically accepted as truths. It should be noted that NurtureShock isn't telling parents that everything they're doing is wrong, but instead highlighting some really common misconceptions while providing the science and fact behind their arguments.
I would recommend this book to professors and students involved in child development, teachers of numerous ages, parents, or anyone looking to learn a little more about the small, mysterious creatures we call human children.
What I particularly love about "NurtureShock" and similar books is that they are not telling me how to be a good parent. Evidence is given which grants me the knowledge to be a better parent while still allowing me to parent in the manner I choose.
Definitely a priceless read for the thinking parent or parent-to-be.