NurtureShock

New Thinking About Children

By Po Bronson; Ashley Merryman
(Twelve, Paperback, 9780446504133, 352pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Hardcover

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One of the most influential books about children ever published, NurtureShock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library's worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors 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, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.

Released in hardcover in September 2009, NurtureShock remained on the New York Times best seller list for three months, and was one of Amazon's best selling books for 2009. The book has become a worldwide phenomenon with editions published around the world - in fifteen languages, to date.

In addition to Bronson and Merryman's writings on praise -- first made famous in New York magazine -- there are nine more equally groundbreaking chapters. Among the topics covered:

Why the most brutal person in a child's life is often a sibling, and how a single aspect of their preschool-aged play can determine their relationship as adults.

When is it too soon - or too late - to teach a child about race? Children in diverse schools are less likely to have a cross-racial friendship, not more - so is school diversity backfiring?

Millions of families are fighting to get their kids into private schools and advanced programs as early as possible. But schools are missing the best kids, 73% of the time - the new neuroscience explains why.

Why are kids - even those from the best of homes - still aggressive and cruel? The answer is found in a rethinking of parental conflict, discipline, television's unexpected influence, and social dominance.

Parents are desperate to jump-start infants' language skills. Recently, scientists have discovered a series of natural techniques that are astonishing in their efficacy - it's not baby videos, sign language, or even the richness of language exposure. It's nothing you've heard before.




About the Author

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's New York Magazine articles on the science of children won the magazine journalism award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications. Their articles for Time Magazine won the award for outstanding journalism from the Council on Contemporary Families. Bronson has authored five books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller What Should I Do With My Life?




NPR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009

Your kids are perfect — just don't tell them that. NurtureShock, the new book by Po Bronson, explores how Americans have misunderstood the role of praise in parenting and what we can do to save our kids from ourselves. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Thursday, Aug 27, 2009

Po Bronson, co-author of NurtureShock, explores some of the thornier issues of child rearing — including the phenomenon of "overpraising" kids and tactics for confronting children who lie. More at NPR.org

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Praise For NurtureShock

"The Freakonomics of child rearing... a fantastic read... a wake-up call for parents."
Good Morning America


Astonishing... prepare to be slack-jawed... This tour de force is one of the best parenting psychology books in years and will likely be seismic in influence."
Library Journal (Starred Review)


"Blinding... Brilliant."


-- Washington Post

Compelling... Captivating... Explains cutting-edge research to the lay readership... It's riveting."


-- San Francisco Chronicle

"A highly readable Malcolm Gladwell-esque look at the social science of child rearing."


-- 'XX Factor,' Slate.com

"The most important book I've read this year... If you only read one thing I review, please make it this."
Wired


"Some of the most groundbreaking research on children conducted in years... will knock your socks off."
HuffingtonPost.com

"Engaging.... revelatory... A funny, clever, sensible book. Every parent should read it."
Financial Times


"Adds insight to irresistible nonfiction subject matter... destined to turn up in conversations among working parents."
Susan Dominus, New York Times


"The least touchy-feely [parenting book] ever... hard to put down and easy to take seriously."
"A.V. Club," The Onion


"Irresistible... [NurtureShock] will make you a better mom or dad without you even knowing it."
TheDailyBeast.com

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