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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
  • Po Bronson
  • English
  • 06 July 2018
  • 0446504122

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  1. Christine Cavalier Christine Cavalier says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here NurtureShock New Thinking about ChildrenPo Bronson Ashley Merryman 2009New York Magazine journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman team up to add commentary andinformation to their articles in this new book published by Twelve, a division of the Hachette Book Group.The last page of the book has this blurb about Twelve TWELVE was established in August 2005 with the objective of publishing nothan one book per month We strive to publish the singular book, by authors who have a uni NurtureShock New Thinking about ChildrenPo Bronson Ashley Merryman 2009New York Magazine journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman team up to add commentary andinformation to their articles in this new book published by Twelve, a division of the Hachette Book Group.The last page of the book has this blurb about Twelve TWELVE was established in August 2005 with the objective of publishing nothan one book per month We strive to publish the singular book, by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority They lost me at compelling authority Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman are journalists, not scientists This book isn t a synthesis of research it s an opinion piece with a conservative bent indeed, Ashley Merryman s back flap bio boasts that she lives in Los Angeles, where she runs a church based tutoring program for inner city children I m not advocating gatekeeping there is definitely a place for independent research and grass roots efforts Child Psychology isn t one of those places NutureShock is just another parenting book in a long line of book written by reporters for profit The authors have a reputation for reporting on overlooked studies with rare results, and they boast in their chapter notes that their New York Magazine articles were popular Compiling and expounding on past work seems to be the best way to write a book these days this doesn t mean that the articles, as a book, make a cohesive or worthy statement.Basically, I found the book to be the amateur, armchair science that is fun to read in small bites while on the train Read it for entertainment purposes, but don t implement the few approaches outlined at home they aren t tested enough, and the results have yet to be repeated to gain respect in academia.The book does, unwittingly, bring up some good points about statistics, studies, and systemic judgments based on those studies Statistics and study results are nothing to respect when presented alone The best way to make decisions about anything is to weigh multiple instances of evidence, to never rely on one event The authors do their best to rip up school district decisions on testing, anti obesity and anti bullying programs, by claiming these decisions were not based on scientific results but just made using traditional thought and instinct While some programs in districts may be madebased on hope than science, the majority of IQ testing and other educational programs are based on years of study and a large meta analysis of results of hundreds of studies To suggest otherwise, as the authors do, is hasty, irresponsible, and insulting to educational scholars, teachers, and parents.The authors proceed to cite a study here, a successful preschool program there, to illustrate their point that decisions about children should be based on evidence I agree But A LOT of evidence Not an anecdotal story or two which the authors provide , nor 1 or 2 labs that keep getting the same results for their handful of articles The authors bemoan the lack of long term studies in almost every chapter, yet fail to mention the very sophisticated and accurate methods of behavioral statistics answers this issue They sing praises of a preschool program called Tools of the Mind, but conveniently forget to list the challenges associated with the program This book is a thinly disguised attempt to steer the conversation toward a conservative agenda in education.The writing is ok Their lack of academic tone in parts is jarring For example, on page 190, the authors use colloquial language where they shouldn t have a separate word to distinguish the kind of popular teen who diminishes others in Dutch, for instance, the idiomatic expression popie jopie refers to teens who are bitchy, slutty, cocky, loud and arrogant An academic article would have used words like promiscuous, disagreeable, and condescending, especially since the Dutch don t use the English colloquial words that are listed I also question the choice of listing the derogatory words for females first, or at all.At times the authors conduct their own studies, but we should disregard these results We have no idea what the sampling was, what the control group was given if there even was a control group , or how the study was designed at all Until their results can be repeated many times, then one off studies should merely bring up ideas for further study.The only good that comes out NutureShock is the reminder to hold studies, especially those recounted by non scientist media, in suspicion If you are planning to pick up this book, read it for entertainment purposes only It may make you think a bit differently in some aspects of child rearing, like how your teen may see arguing as the opposite of lying, or how we whites actively avoid talking about race The authors should have stayed with reflecting trends in traditional parenting, and avoided passing themselves off as authorities


  2. Amanda Amanda says:

    Things I have changed about my parenting after reading this book I have my daughter read books back to me after I read them to her.We make a plan for the day complete with drawings and handwriting practice.I tell my kids that I can tell they worked really hard on something, instead of just telling them that they are great.I try to respondoften when my 10 month old son makes a voiced noise.I have stopped letting my kids watch Arthur or Clifford.I had a conversation with my 4 year old abou Things I have changed about my parenting after reading this book I have my daughter read books back to me after I read them to her.We make a plan for the day complete with drawings and handwriting practice.I tell my kids that I can tell they worked really hard on something, instead of just telling them that they are great.I try to respondoften when my 10 month old son makes a voiced noise.I have stopped letting my kids watch Arthur or Clifford.I had a conversation with my 4 year old about how some people have black skin and some people have brown skin and that s OK.And, the chapter about what teenaged kids do and what they tell their parents they are doing scared the crappity about of me I DO NOT want my kids to grow up Or, maybe is there a way to skip the teenaged years


  3. Kristine Kristine says:

    So far is one of my top 3 parenting books I ve ever read Scientifically backed studies on child development that go against everything you thought you knew was best, well not all of it was new but it was all still good.FYI this book was not written by child psychology experts, but by two journalists in the child psychology field whose niche is to report on studies that have gone unheeded.There are ten chapters, each reading like its own essay 1 The Inverse Power of Praise 2 The Lost H So far is one of my top 3 parenting books I ve ever read Scientifically backed studies on child development that go against everything you thought you knew was best, well not all of it was new but it was all still good.FYI this book was not written by child psychology experts, but by two journalists in the child psychology field whose niche is to report on studies that have gone unheeded.There are ten chapters, each reading like its own essay 1 The Inverse Power of Praise 2 The Lost Hour 3 Why White Parents Don t Talk About Race 4 Why Kids Lie5 The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten6 The Sibling Effect7 The Science of Teen Rebellion8 Can Self Control Be Taught9 Plays Well with Others10 Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn t There was A LOT I loved about this book One of my favorites was the chapter on race Basically the conclusion is that while non white parents talk about race in their homes most white parents don t They white parents just assume if you don t say anything, that kids will know that everyone is created equal in fact they aren t even pointing out we are different so saying nothing is better than accentuating it Right The problem is if you don t help young kids think 3 6 think through this they ll make their own conclusions about why people have different color skin, which could lead to some problems So after I read that chapter I sat down and decided to test it I asked Ellie what color skin she has and what color other people have and why She says, There is white and brown and black Other people have brown skin because they like it the most So I asked her does that mean she likes white the most Yes Hmmm Yikes I guess it doesn t hurt to explain to little kids that some people are from different lands countries where EVERYONE is that color And in this country usually you have the color of skin of where your grandparents came from It s like family I am planning on using this book for next time I host a bookclub


  4. Breck Breck says:

    Interesting book There were a lot of interesting ideas, however, I feelconfused about children than I did before I guess the point is to open your eyes One theme throughout is that kids are different than adults and need to be understood differently A few interesting points 1 Praise specific achievements and praise effort2 Regular lack of sleep is damaging to children s health3 Naturally, we tend to racially segregated, so it s wise to take steps to help your kids learn not to be ra Interesting book There were a lot of interesting ideas, however, I feelconfused about children than I did before I guess the point is to open your eyes One theme throughout is that kids are different than adults and need to be understood differently A few interesting points 1 Praise specific achievements and praise effort2 Regular lack of sleep is damaging to children s health3 Naturally, we tend to racially segregated, so it s wise to take steps to help your kids learn not to be racially bias.4 Lying needs to be addressed at an early age, rather than ignored5 Toddler intelligence tests are very inaccurate6 Kids better improve social skills with friends than siblings7 Teens argue to strengthen relationships8 Teens who have higher standards and basic rules get in a lot less trouble, and generally lie less9 School programs don t work very well D.A.R.E., Drivers Ed 10 Kids shows even educational ones, Arthur, etc teach kids to be relationally aggressive 11 Popular,social kids tend to berelationally aggressive 12 Baby videos don t help with language better are one on one communication with parents responding to babblingAll observations by the authors and researchers, not sure I agree with everything, but interesting nonetheless I still think one of the best books is Children The Challenge Thanks for that, mom


  5. Paul Eckert Paul Eckert says:

    Since I m now a parent, I ve been looking for parenting books that would interest me, something that wasthan repackaged conventional wisdom and phoned in encouragement I wanted something scientific, not the new pop psychology of the week Nutureshock met my expectations with its science, but that s also where it seemed to lose itself There are some interesting bits early on in the book regarding praising children e.g studies show that telling kids they are smart, as opposed to praising Since I m now a parent, I ve been looking for parenting books that would interest me, something that wasthan repackaged conventional wisdom and phoned in encouragement I wanted something scientific, not the new pop psychology of the week Nutureshock met my expectations with its science, but that s also where it seemed to lose itself There are some interesting bits early on in the book regarding praising children e.g studies show that telling kids they are smart, as opposed to praising their effort, leads to kids not trying as hard and the psychology of why children lie and how parents react to lying , but most chapters afterward seemed to flounder in the details For instance, one of the last chapters is about how kids learn to speak Though it was interesting to find out why the Baby Einstein merchandise is ineffective and based on incorrect interpretations of research, the chapter then carries on about how babies learn to talk and ways that babies can learn to speak faster, and it spent a great deal of time on this subject whenever it presented no evidence that there was any great benefit to having a child learn language a few months sooner At one point, it even says that the methods that best work for teaching babies to speak shouldn t be attempted consciously because it might be used incorrectly and actually hinder a child s language abilities Which brings a parent back to doing what they would have done anywayThe same thing happens in a chapter about a kindergarten program that works so well called Tools Instead of tellingabout why the program works so well, the reader is barraged with regurgitated statistics on how much better the Tools program is than regular curriculum, and at the end left me rewinding to figure out what was so great about the program anyway In one instance, the authors spend a whole chapter championing the virtues of kids gettingsleep duh But their answer to the problem is making schools start later They pose one line of opposition, the fact that, despite the positive statistics from other school districts that started their schools one hour earlier, many school districts are hesitant to implement the policy because the district would have to buybuses since junior high and high school would start so close together But then they never pose an answer to this opposition, which is a damn good reason not to implement this one hour earlier policy It s not cheap to have to order a whole fleet of new buses, not to mention a whole fleet of new bus drivers as well, and the stress on parents to try to schedule kids that are different ages and whose schools start at different times Why don t the kids just go to bed an hour earlier The chapter on teen rebellion was fairly interesting, but also seemed to confirm some conventional beliefs The most interesting thing was that while the majority of adults felt that arguing with their teenager was detrimental to their relationship, the kids actually felt it strengthened their relationship because they felt they were being listened to The kids who had constructive arguments with their parents, and even were conceded to time and time again, were also the kids that weretruthful, honest, and respectful of their parents There was one line in this book that really pissed me off, and I don t mind ranting about it It was in the chapter about race relations The authors talk about how minorities are often taught to embrace and celebrate their heritage and ethnicity to cultivate pride But then the author says that white children are not taught so because it would be abhorrent author s words since white people hold the majority of the power in the world First of all, that is some serious PC hyperbole Power is relative No one has any inherent power over anyone because of their race Second, what is the alternative Should white kids be ashamed because they re white And what if the tables were turned, if what we consider minority race suddenly had a majority of power Should we then teach white kids to be proud of their heritage and minorities to be ashamed To be sure, this was just one line in the book, but it was a little upsetting.I think the disappointing thing about books like this is that you expect to learn really exciting new things, and by the end you only remember a few good points Kind of interesting if you have kids, but there s not a whole lot in this book that one can apply to one s parenting The conclusions reached are often weak and seem to result from bombarding the reader with dubious statistics like students happiness increased 25% after the initial study Some things I believe you can objectively test, but measuring happiness in percentages seems a bit ludicrous


  6. Brett Brett says:

    Fantastic at times and awful the rest of the time Bronson and Merryman do a great job getting back to the basics in many areas Noticing the inverse power of praise, the need to discuss race and the idea that self control can be taught can t be mentioned enough in our culture Yet, the authors completely avoid the heart of the matter Child rearing, in their view, can be perfected if we are willing to do enough scientific studies and research to determine what is most effective The studies i Fantastic at times and awful the rest of the time Bronson and Merryman do a great job getting back to the basics in many areas Noticing the inverse power of praise, the need to discuss race and the idea that self control can be taught can t be mentioned enough in our culture Yet, the authors completely avoid the heart of the matter Child rearing, in their view, can be perfected if we are willing to do enough scientific studies and research to determine what is most effective The studies included in the book are fascinating but the conclusions are very questionable The aggression studies related to TV watching come to mind I believe the heart of the issue is the matter of the heart If parents, themselves, are being humble, working hard, living disciplined lives, loving their neighbors, and so on, our children will develop well beyond the child enrolled in the various 10 point developmental programs Tools of the Mind, etc The back cover states that the book gets to the core of how we grow, learn, and live I would argue the book lightly touches the surface of how we grow, learn, and live The core of child rearing is in parents developing the character they would like their children to develop and not simply discovering innovative techniques and programs to manufacture children of virtue


  7. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Originally a magazine article focusing on the science of parenting, this engaging and highly readable book looks at parenting from the realm of science Most important research findings Things do not work the same for children as they do in adults and positive traits do not ward off negative behavior in kids a good kid still can be dishonest or engage in relational aggression In short A child who is dishonest is also showing signs of intelligence and social savvy And, while praise wor Originally a magazine article focusing on the science of parenting, this engaging and highly readable book looks at parenting from the realm of science Most important research findings Things do not work the same for children as they do in adults and positive traits do not ward off negative behavior in kids a good kid still can be dishonest or engage in relational aggression In short A child who is dishonest is also showing signs of intelligence and social savvy And, while praise works wonders for adults, it can undermine a child s intrinsic motivation In other words, it is because adults like praise so much that they have lavished it on their kids intuiting it would be beneficial Yes, you just read the above correctly Research also informs us Why kids lie, that praise is not the end all be all really , sleep is THAT important, why kids from good homes are aggressive or mean, and proves that language exposure, sign language, and baby videos are not as effective as certain natural techniques


  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Recommended by my daughters elementary school.


  9. K K says:

    It was hard to decide on a rating for this book NurtureShock New Thinking About Children reminded me of a Malcolm Gladwell book in both good and bad ways Surprising and fascinating information on the one hand on the other hand, overstated conclusions with inadequate support The word shock in the title is appropriate shock value appeared to beof a concern than hard evidence.I mforgiving of Malcolm Gladwell because although his information may change the way you look at thing It was hard to decide on a rating for this book NurtureShock New Thinking About Children reminded me of a Malcolm Gladwell book in both good and bad ways Surprising and fascinating information on the one hand on the other hand, overstated conclusions with inadequate support The word shock in the title is appropriate shock value appeared to beof a concern than hard evidence.I mforgiving of Malcolm Gladwell because although his information may change the way you look at things, it probably won t change your life Good science, bad science, it doesn t much matter But if people are viewing this as a parenting book, that s a bitof a concern although truthfully, there s not a lot of parenting advice to be had here.I guess what bothered me most is that the author s statements rely a great deal on correlational evidence So yes, a connection has been established between two variables, e.g., praise and performance, sleep deprivation and obesity, etc But correlation is not causation Statements like children who sleep less are fatter than children who sleepfail to take into account the possibility of other variables, or the possibility that the causality may actually work in the other direction The limits of this type of research remain unacknowledged, as correlational studies are cited again and again In general, I often felt that the authors were oversimplifying things and presenting only one side of the story.Admittedly, not all the information in the book came across to me as pseudoscientific But the mixture of stronger and weaker evidence leading to well supported and not so well supported statements, all expressed in an equally confident manner, made me a bit skeptical.There s no question that NurtureShock New Thinking About Children is an entertaining and provocative book, with stand alone chapters allowing for it to be picked up and put down for brief train rides, bathroom visits, etc I just think it s important to read it critically A knowledge of statistics helps If you don t have that, be aware of the limits of the authors evidence and enjoy their information without swallowing it whole


  10. Helen Helen says:

    So, you had your 2.2 kids and read all the right books, listened to all the right experts, and now you re an expert too, right Think again After raising four children only one left to put through college and sitting down to read an adult book or two, I thought there would be nothing new for me to learn about the joys and tortures of parenthood And then I read NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman This book will challenge everything you thought you knew about raising children This So, you had your 2.2 kids and read all the right books, listened to all the right experts, and now you re an expert too, right Think again After raising four children only one left to put through college and sitting down to read an adult book or two, I thought there would be nothing new for me to learn about the joys and tortures of parenthood And then I read NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman This book will challenge everything you thought you knew about raising children This is not a book that proposes the right way to raise a child, but rather presents the facts about how the current school of thought on child rearing actually works or doesn t And just as Steven Levitt accomplishes in his book Freakonomics, which challenges commonly held beliefs on economic issues, Bronson and Merryman support their assertions with reams of research and the results of studies conducted world wide Who would have thought that theyou praise a child, the lower their confidence level Or that an extra hour of sleep may be better for your kid s IQ than an extra hour of studying And if your argumentative teen makes you want to pull your hair out, don t the alternative is even worse All this, and , is waiting for you inside the covers of this intriguing book.The issues covered in NurtureShock concern children at all stages of development, from infancy to the teen years, so all parents are sure to find these insights interesting But even non parents will be fascinated by the science behind the information think of all the fun you ll have advising your parenting friends and family on what they are doing wrong Parents love advice from their childless friendsDon t they


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About the Author: Po Bronson

Po Bronson Thinking About PDF/EPUB Á has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction He has published five books, and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and NurtureShock: New PDF/EPUB or The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio s Morning Edition Currently he is writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for The Guardian newspaper in the United KingdomPo Bronson s book of social documentary, What New Thinking About Kindle Ø Should I Do With My Life , was a New York Times bestseller and remained in the Top for nine months He has been on Oprah, on every national morning show, and on the cover of five magazines, including Wired and Fast Company His first novel, Bombardiers, was a bestseller in the United Kingdom His books have been translated into languages Po speaks regularly at colleges and community town hall events He is a founder of The San Francisco Writer s Grotto, a cooperative workspace for about writers and filmmakers From to he was on the Board of Directors of Consortium Book Sales Distribution He lives in San Francisco with his familyom pobronson.