Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children


I just finished Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. I thought that the book was all about praise and rewards, but it was so much more!

The book is commonly held beliefs in our culture that probably have root in decent research. It's just that science is always plodding onward and teaching us new things. This book delves into that more recent science to help us work with our children more effectively.

Just the first chapter was the inverse power of praise, and I already had an inkling of those ideas from Daniel Pink's book "Drive." The book had chapters on sleep, race, kids lying, IQ tests at an early age, sibling relationships, teen rebellion, teaching self-control, playing well with others, speech emergence (and things parents can do to help) and concluded with graditude and the myth of the supertrait. I highlighted sooo much text. Every single chapter was a revelation and that I couldn't stop talking to people about it: to my parents, my husband, my students etc. If you have kids, are thinking about having them or work with children in any capacity (teacher, pediatrician...), I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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