Academic journal article Childhood Education

Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children

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NURTURE SHOCK: New Thinking About Children. Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. New York, NY: Twelve, Hachette Book Group, 2009. 336pp. $24.99. This book examines an array of topics concerning the development of children from infancy through the teenage years. Each chapter is focused on a different topic and explores both academic and moral issues. The authors cite current and historic research, often challenging beliefs that have come to be commonly accepted by most parents and educators. Topics covered in the book include: confidence, sleep, lying, racial attitudes, intelligence, sibling conflict, teen rebellion, self control, aggression, gratitude, and the acquisition of language.

Chapter 1, for example, explores the effects of praise with children. The authors show that while the literature available supports the idea that praise is important to children's self-esteem, current research indicates that some types of praise may actually be detrimental. Thus, the question arises of whether teachers and parents are causing harm when they try to show positive support. This chapter will certainly cause the reader to think about how children may perceive praise.

Chapter 5, "The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten," will be of interest to both parents and educators. …

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