New Thinking About Children

Non-Fiction - Parenting
352 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

NutureShock will make parents think. This book covers babies through teens. Much of this book is common sense. Topics covered are praise (false praise), teen rebellion, sibling rivalry, race, sleep, lying and gifted children and parents too involved. This book is well written. You do not have to have a doctorate to understand it.

The section on praise made me think. The author’s do not support false or too much praise. False praise can bring a different set of problems. They continue by discussing arguments which are not all bad. Neither is all violent television shows bad. I guess all those “violent” cartoons I watched as a child weren’t so bad after all.

NurtureShock is well written and easy to understand. This is not a child raising manual as much as a compilation of articles from recent studies. Most of the information as I stated before is common sense. Kids need sleep but do not usually get enough. Kids lie because there is no punishment for lying. If we over award our children eventually they will do nothing without an award. This book gave me a lot to think about.