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NurtureShock by Po Bronson
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Dec 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, parenting
Read in January, 2010

This is the fourth (?) installment in the WSBC series. We veered away from our goal to read books that get us to talk about something other than our daughter. Although we got off track there, I'm not sad that I selected this one. The book is a collection of chapters that review recent developments in child psychology. The general point is that a lot of what people thought worked in terms of raising children, backfires. Kids are mysterious little buggers.

I especially enjoyed the take-home points from the chapters on self-esteem and praise, language development, sleep, and preschool. The other ones were also interesting, but probably because they may have applied more to older children, I found the ones that were more applicable to babies more interesting.

This would be an entertaining read for most anyone who likes science journalism (you know, like the science and tech portions of the Economist) and for anyone who is a new (or old) parent.

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