I wanted to read NurtureShock before I became a parent myself, and in the process I discovered many things about the way that I was raised. As the authors note, constant praise for one's ability, rather than for one's hard work, ingrains the notion that we are innately good at some things and innately bad at others. The lesson in the end? Working hard will get you nowhere because you will always do poorly at the things you do poorly at. As children grow, they avoid … more
NutureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman is able to go where few parenting books have gone. This criticism of where today's parents have arrived, the era of no-fail, all special, all achiever parenting will be sure to get the mommy-and-me playgroups chatting. NutureShock candidly demonstrates why so many current ideas of childrearing are wrong at best and detrimental at worst. Few sacred cows of modern parenting are left intact and untouched. For instance, … more
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