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, frequent, general, praise, does not promote children's self esteem, but rather hinders it. Nor do intelligence tests accurately reflect intellect in young children. And perhaps most astonishingly, the best child liars may also be the most socialized and well liked of children.
Reading each chapter in NutureShock was a tough pill to swallow. I am not sure that they are not swinging the pendulum too far in the other direction, but at the very least, they are making sure that parents think twice about the way we collective reward certain techniques and give much thought to avoiding a generation of children who are overly insecure and incapable of operating in the real world.
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