Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock's central premise is that modern society's strategies for nurturing children are not working because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman write about the surprising and counterintuitive findings from cutting-edge child development research that helps to explain why our expectations from our children often miss the mark. Discover why in a world of modern, involved, caring parents so many kids are underachievers and overly aggressive and cruel. Hardcover.
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-rearingthe definitely un-PC variety, with no negotiation or parent-child equalitywill 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.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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