Book Recommendation: Nurture Shock

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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!

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Leigh Anne
    September 20, 2012 / 6:03 PM

    thanks for the recommendation! I always value your opinion. I will see if my library can get it 🙂

  2. Niamh
    September 20, 2012 / 6:54 PM

    This sounds like a great book, definitely worth checking out. Thanks so much for sharing your recommendations! I really value your opinion.

  3. Plowmanators
    September 25, 2012 / 6:10 PM

    You are both welcome!

  4. LeeSwim4us
    October 17, 2012 / 9:30 PM

    Because of this post I checked out this book from my library. Such an interesting read! Thanks for recommending it!

    • Plowmanators
      October 20, 2012 / 6:12 PM

      You are welcome! I really enjoyed it.

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