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Parenting Book Review

Nurture Shock (2009) by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Another prime example of what happens when brilliant social scientists pair with people who can actually write. This book addresses a number of common parenting and child-raising issues, discusses what is commonly believed about these issues, and then goes on to talk about what the research literature supports. I found useful information in every single chapter, and some chapters helped me modify my parent training methods to better align with research. I can highly recommend this book for both parents and professionals. My criticism is that some of the topics (e.g., boredom, language development, etc.) left me wanting more information and discussion. I suppose I could actually go and read the research they were referencing, but since they already did the research, it would be great if they had expanded on their writing in a couple areas. Otherwise, a worthwhile read.

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