NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It turns out I've been reading this book long before I picked it up from the library as a few of the chapters are previously published journal articles, such as:
The Inverse Power of Praise
The Lost Hour
See Baby Discriminate
I was immediately impressed by the book from the first chapter. The basic concept was to point out how much we underestimate and overestimate what children are capable of because we tend to view them as little adults. Even scientific minds who ought to know better have been testing children on various subjects without realizing how their little minds differ, and more importantly, how quickly they change - right up until highschool. The book proceeds, through various sociological and psychological studies, to show us where our thinking as adults (parents or not) has led us astray in raising our children, covering a broad range of topics, including hot button ones like bullying, obesity and racism.
It does not necessarily offer the solutions to any or all problems that can arise with raising children. Some topics, like the loss of sleep have easy and obvious solutions, while others are more complex. Instead, the book uses the various testing examples to reveal where our adult thinking has been incorrect. From there, it is our job as parents and teachers to change our way of thinking to better understand our children.
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