Nurture Shock (Blog Tour and Giveaway)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

If you can't tell by the "must read!!" I included in the title of this post, then let me just tell you this was a fascinating and important addition to the field of child psychology and parenting. Despite the gravity of the subjects, the book was also an easy read and is fairly short too! I almost passed this book up for a blog tour and am SO glad I didn't because this is a book I will keep on my shelf and will recommend to others.

NurtureShock takes some common myths about parenting and/or child development and explains how current methods may actually have the opposite or, at least, unintended effects, (and also explains what methods research shows should be done). The book is broken up into 10 chapters, each as enthralling as the next.
  1. The Inverse Power of Praise
  2. The Lost Hour
  3. Why White Parents Don't Talk About Race
  4. Why Kids Lie
  5. The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten
  6. The Sibling Effect
  7. The Science of Teen Rebellion
  8. Can Self-Control Be Taught
  9. Plays Well with Others
  10. Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn't

The book also includes an introduction and a conclusion that are equally as interesting as the chapters themselves. Even the different studies that were done for each of these topics were fascinating to read about. Being written by science journalists, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (as opposed to the scientists behind the research) the writing was easy to relate to and fun, rather than steeped in only numbers and scientific terms.

The things discussed in NurtureShock are those that should be applied at home as well as in schools. The chapters can each be read separately as they, for the most part, don't necessarily relate to the other. I don't even think I could pick a favorite chapter because I enjoyed, and learned from, each one. I am not usually a non-fiction reader. (I tend to get bored halfway through most non-fiction books). That was not the case at all with NurtureShock. The only thing I would have changed in my reading of the book was to read just one chapter at a time and let it digest for a day or two before moving on. I could have done this had I started earlier, but I waited and then had to finish the book in a couple days.

I think that anyone who is a parent, a teacher, works with kids, etc. should own a copy of this book (and have read it). The science is very interesting and has real effects when utilized.


Thanks to Hachette Books, I have 5 copies of this book to give away!

The giveaway will end September 19, 2009.
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If you have won extra entries from another of my contests you may use those as well. Just let me know.


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Browngirl said...

I'd like to be entered for this one. and I'm already a follower.

Laughing Stars said...

Sounds like a book that will offer plenty of fodder for discussion. I'd like to enter this too. I am already a follower.

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