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NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children

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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.

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In this groundbreaking collaboration, award-winning science journalists Bronson and Merryman argue that when it comes to children, good intentions have been mistaken for good ideas. They demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring.

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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.

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?

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oly mom, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by oly mom)
This book pushed out a favorite to become one of the top 10 books I've ever read. If you're a parent, grandparent, teacher or have a career focused on children, this book is a must read. Consider it the "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell on the subject of kids. Using a broad spectrum of research applied to each topic, the authors take on conventional wisdom over and over--why kids lie, the value of sleep, aggression in children and a host of important issues.
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Rachel Coker, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
This truly is a must-read for parents. The authors explore topics ranging from lying to sleep and from praise to language development, using the latest social science research to make points about why children do what they do and how parents can help them to do better. It's like "Freakonomics," but for parenting. The authors keep the chapters lively, with plenty of anecdotes and real-life observations mixed in with the research findings. The book may not persuade you to make radical changes at home, but at the very least it will change the way you think about certain behaviors.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446504133
Author:
Bronson, Po
Publisher:
Twelve
Author:
Merryman, Ashley
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Subject:
Child rearing; Child development; Parents; Education; Race relations; Social integration; Psychology; Sociology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.66 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this groundbreaking collaboration, award-winning science journalists Bronson and Merryman argue that when it comes to children, good intentions have been mistaken for good ideas. They demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring.
"Synopsis" by , 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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