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Every so often, I read a parenting book that I absolutely love. One that I think all parents would benefit from reading. One is of course Babywise. Another very helpful one is The Baby Whisperer. Let’s not forget Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and one of my very favorites, The Parenting Breakthrough. And of course we have my often acclaimed The Read Aloud Handbook. Today I have another one to add to the list. Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.
This book explores ten different situations we face as parents and discusses why and how our natural reaction on how to handle those situations is not correct. Topics are on praise, sleep (such a great chapter), race, why kids lie, gifted programs in schools, siblings, teen-rebellion, self-control, playing with others, and language skills, with a wrap up on the “super trait.”
These chapters cause you to think. The authors talk about research findings on the topics and discuss it in depth, which gets you thinking about it and analyzing what you think. It is such a valuable book.
We will discuss each topic in the future. For now, get out and buy/borrow the book. It is worth it!