In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's the single most important thing that helps infants learn language? NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked.Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.
NurtureShock was a very interesting read. The book discusses various topics, such as those mentioned above in the synopsis, and the research findings and examples were quite intriguing.
Since Little Music Man has been going through speech therapy for a little over a year now, the chapter that really hit close to home dealt with a baby’s speech skills. A lot of the chapter focused on the educational-type DVDs that are so popular and why such DVDs may not really be helping a baby’s speech. This chapter also mentioned what the key factors are in helping to develop your baby’s vocabulary, and gives you examples of things you can do.
Now, I don't necessarily agree or disagree with all the points and findings in this book, however, NurtureShock really opened my eyes to the possibility that things I’ve learned about and read about on raising children previously may be all wrong.
However, I do know that all babies and parents are different, and no two circumstances are exactly the same. I also know that this book doesn’t solve all problems, but it could possibly point you in the right direction and give you some insight and alternative solutions to handle situations that you may be experiencing.
We all want what’s best for our children, and it doesn’t hurt to read others’ points of view on various topics.
Whether or not you agree with the findings noted in NurtureShock, I’m sure you’ll find it an interesting read.
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