Saturday, July 10, 2010

Guest Review: Nurture Shock

Here is a guest review from a lady lawyer friend of mine who is also busy raising three young boys. Thanks Heather!

I just finished reading a great new book that distills some emerging science regarding child development and turns some “conventional wisdom” on its head. In particular I loved the chapter on a new preschool/kindergarten program called “Tools of the Mind” which teaches kids all the usual stuff plus self-control/self-direction and decision making, which turns out to be very important to later academic success – at least as much as raw native intellect. And it can be learned in a preschool or kindy classroom by kids from all kinds of backgrounds, ability levels, and special needs. It is worth reading for anyone looking for good behavior management techniques. The basic techniques can easily be incorporated into any classroom or home environment.

Get thee a copy of: Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Your library should have a copy. About 1/3 of the book is end notes, so it is a shorter read than it appears to be at first glance and I’m telling you, you’ll have a hard time putting it down. You might even learn a thing or two about yourself.

Happy summer reading! Sincerely, Heather


Caroline Bookbinder

(If you would like your review of this book listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will add it.)


  1. I read this recently too although I confess I didn't read all the chapters. It was very insightful especially for a parent.

  2. I need to get a copy of this for our niece!

  3. I loved this too and I don't even HAVE kids! Here's my review (Audio):

  4. Mrs. B -- I will pass on your comment to Heather. Thanks for visiting!

    Bermuda -- I was also thinking about possible gift-giving. It sounds like a good one.

    Carin -- Thanks for the review! I will add it to the post.

  5. Sounds like a great read with some good tools for parents, starting while the kids are still very impressionable. Maybe I could boost my own self-direction skills?

    Also happy to see I'm not the only person who occasionally says "lady lawyer." I always worry that it's sexist, even among friends. (Though it's definitely better than "lawyerette," which I have also heard.)


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