In this edition of “Friday Favorite” I want to share with you an amazing parenting book. I really enjoy reading parenting books and do so often. Our large bookshelf displays a good-size collection of parenting books I have enjoyed, but when selecting which to share about first on our blog, I immediately knew which one to choose. That book is NurtureShock, written by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.
To say that this book is eye-opening is an understatement. No matter how well read you may feel with respect to parenting books, there will likely be at least one chapter that will take what you thought you knew and turn it on its head. The authors themselves explain it best in their introduction as they write, “The central premise of this book is that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring – because key twists in the science have been overlooked… The intent of this book is not to be alarmist, but to teach us to think differently – more deeply and clearly – about children. Small corrections in our thinking today could alter the character of society long-term, one future-citizen at a time.” The topics addressed in the book include: confidence, sleep, lying, racial attitudes, intelligence, sibling conflict, teen rebellion, self-control, aggression, gratitude and the acquisition of language. With such a broad range of topics, the book addresses nearly every stage of a child’s life.
If you’re like me, you will finish this book feeling amazed and inspired to make some important changes to benefit your children and your family. Personally, I found myself making immediate changes to my parenting. So the next time you’re in the market for a new parenting book to read, consider NurtureShock. You might just find yourself changing your approach and supporting your children in a whole new way. To purchase this book on Amazon, please click here: http://www.amazon.com/NurtureShock-New-Thinking-About-Children/dp/0446504130
 Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, NurtureShock (New York: Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2009), 6-7