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Nurtureshock: Why Everything We Thought About Children is Wrong
 
 

Nurtureshock: Why Everything We Thought About Children is Wrong [Kindle Edition]

Po Bronson , Ashley Merryman
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"A wake-up call for parents... the Freakonomics of child-rearing... a fantastic read" (Good Morning America)

"An explosive new book... Many of the findings in Nurtureshock are not what we parents expect or want to hear, but we have to hear it" (Daily Mail)

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Groundbreaking work that will change the way we think about the young forever

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read but there could be more detail 21 Sep 2009
By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was really looking forward to this one, having read all of Po Bronson's previous stuff (was mostly highly impressed), and being highly interested in the topic. My expectations might have been coloured by that in the sense that I was expecting a more comprehensive treatise on all interesting developments in child psychology over the last 20 years.

Overall a 4/5, for the simple fact that the result that came out from the research that went in, was a bit too sparse in my opinion. While I have no trouble agreeing to all the findings and very much like the process of showing how iterative efforts are necessary at uncovering working principles, as opposed to intuitively appealing concepts, which tend not to be borne out of practice, I have expected a more thorough analysis of the issues.

Another negative for me was a somewhat lacking introduction, where the authors would explain in more detail, why the specific aspects discussed were chosen, whether those are all the areas, where a change of perspective took place, and if not, why the authors considered those most important.

On the plus side, the conclusions drawn do not ever seem flimsy and complete references are included. The authors also successfully avoid the current trend towards endlessly repeating the same basic concept with different examples, so the 239 pages of content have been thoroughly combed through with Occam's razor. The style, however, seems to strongly mirror what they would have used in the newspaper articles, which predated this book (and were based on the same research), which makes the book very readable but I personally found less than optimal in the book format, where I felt the authors would provide much more depth to the reasoning and the conclusions.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for parents 22 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Upon receipt of this book I immediately took issue with the title, how could everything we think about raising our children be wrong ? Surely we have an innate sense of how to raise our own children, or do we ? This book provides a hefty challenge to so many of our previously indisputable parenting principles. For instance the cornerstone of any relationship is communication, the childs first words are usually uttered as a result of parental influence, other factors are at play of course but for the first couple of years the majority of language will be learned through the parents. So we buy DVD's to help with language development and needlessly prop up a multi-billion dollar industry. Sitting our children in front of this " educational tool " while we potter around the house with a clear conscience, happy in the knowledge that junior is busy learning and will be a step ahead of all the other kids. Wrong, a scientific study has shown that the use of such aids will actually decrease the childs vocabulary and proves detrimental to their development. Talking to your child while making eye contact is far better and cheaper too !

Other areas to be discussed are, why the wrong type of praise can actually hinder the childs development, why children sleep on average one hour less than thirty years ago and the effect it has on their health, IQ and emotional well being. The contentious issue of race and how it's handled by parents, why kids lie and why siblings really fight. My personal favourite was the chapter on how gifted children are assessed and educated, the claims by educators to have it down to a fine art yet the studies show they are wrong 73% of the time !
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to this one, having read all of Po Bronson's previous stuff (was mostly highly impressed), and being highly interested in the topic. My expectations might have been coloured by that in the sense that I was expecting a more comprehensive treatise on all interesting developments in child psychology over the last 20 years.

Overall a 4/5, for the simple fact that the result that came out from the research that went in, was a bit too sparse in my opinion. While I have no trouble agreeing to all the findings and very much like the process of showing how iterative efforts are necessary at uncovering working principles, as opposed to intuitively appealing concepts, which tend not to be borne out of practice, I have expected a more thorough analysis of the issues.

Another negative for me was a somewhat lacking introduction, where the authors would explain in more detail, why the specific aspects discussed were chosen, whether those are all the areas, where a change of perspective took place, and if not, why the authors considered those most important.

On the plus side, the conclusions drawn do not ever seem flimsy and complete references are included. The authors also successfully avoid the current trend towards endlessly repeating the same basic concept with different examples, so the 239 pages of content have been thoroughly combed through with Occam's razor. The style, however, seems to strongly mirror what they would have used in the newspaper articles, which predated this book (and were based on the same research), which makes the book very readable but I personally found less than optimal in the book format, where I felt the authors would provide much more depth to the reasoning and the conclusions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think!
I love most of the topics of these chapters. A lot of this made me think, although some of it wasn't all too surprising to me. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars Read with a pinch of salt.
I enjoyed reading this book and it raises some very valid points. The book is easy to read and the research explained clearly. I particularly enjoyed the chapter 'the lost hour'. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Allrightnow2
2.0 out of 5 stars Just one persons opinion
Simplified explanations of behaviour expression a narrow view where every example is explained in a way that supports authors opinion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Feaver
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
A must read for all parents. Certainly makes a lot of sense and will certainly diminish many parenting anxieties. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. L. King
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual material
A lot of study and research info included which makes it hard to read (you may like that!)
Sceptical at first but challenges pre set opinions and some suggestions do make... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger mummy confidence
Being a Malaysian Chinese mother living in the UK, my perceptions of parenting and been significantly coloured by the environment and the developments the fields of both psychology... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Li-ling
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for parents and educators
So much high quality research distilled into such a compact and readable format.
I highly enjoyed this and have shared it with many friends.
Published 15 months ago by M. Mildiner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the good books for parents
Loved the fact that it is analysing only facts and hard core research and it is not another one of these books where so called "experts" tell you how to raise your kid. Read more
Published on 15 May 2011 by Elpi
5.0 out of 5 stars Nurtureshock
One of the best books I've ever read about children. Reminds me of Freakonomics. Absolutely brillliant. I would say a must have for a parent.
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Jevgenija Andrejeva
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative
Not usually a reader of non-fiction but had read so many good reviews about this book (and some excerpts) that I decided to buy it. Found it really easy to read and interesting. Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by J B
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