Online Book Club: December

This month’s book was NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children.

I’ve heard so much buzz about this book over the last two years, and I think it lived up to the hype.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t life-changing, and a lot of the research presented wasn’t new to me (I touched on a lot of it in college <–education major, holla!), but I appreciated the expansion and the  connections made to different studies.  It reminded me a lot of Freakonomics.  In fact, the hubby and I decided to read this together, and by together, I mean book-on-wife. :)

Each chapter brings up a common parenting practice, i.e. praising children, developing their language, or talking about race relations.  Most parents have a commonly held belief about the best way to build self-esteem, enrich vocabulary, or reduce bias; however, research does not support these methods: you can praise kids too much, Baby Einstein videos are detrimental, and teenagers like to fight with their parents.

A lot of the research was common sense…after you read it–it makes you think, “yes, yes, of course!”  But it takes seeing it print to make the intended impact.  This isn’t a “parenting strategies” book, but rather a critical thinking book.

I would definitely recommend this as a top read for parents, and it’s a really nice read to discuss with a spouse (especially one who loves statistics).

Hop on over to AlphaMom to join the discussion on various topics from the book.

Comments

  1. This sounds like an interesting read. I’m going to pin it so I’ll remember to read it later. I just got a stack of books from Barnes and Nobles I’ve got to get through first :-) Thanks for sharing!

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