If you have kids and even if you don't, you must read this book - NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. My goodness! This is a fascinating read. I kept thinking back to my own childhood to see how it all applied.
Written in a totally engaging style, it is full of research regarding the development of a child's brain and psychology. Each chapter addresses a particular childhood trait and describes current ongoing research into its various manifestations. What we know about child-rearing is turned on its head in many ways.
Topics include -
- How you can praise a child too much - that it can backfire and make the child take less risks
- Importance of sleep and how it affects learning - the more you learn during the day, the more you need to sleep at night.
- Lying - How and why kids lie (all kids do), how they keep doing it, and how to change your behavior so kids lie less
- To recognize that kids see race differences and how to talk to them about it
- Sibling Rivalry - what are siblings really fighting about
- What happens to a teenager and how arguing with parents and asserting themselves is essential to becoming an adult