Monday, March 22, 2010

Giveaway/Book Review: Nurture Shock


Nurture Shock is an amazing book about the science behind a lot of myths of parenthood and it is my first book giveaway. The book is an extension of an article called "The Inverse Power of Praise" that Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman wrote for New York Magazine. The article is included in the book as the first chapter. The synopsis of the chapter says: "Sure, he's special. But new research suggests if you tell him that, you'll ruin him. It's a neurobiological fact." The synopsis of the introduction: "Why our instincts about children can be so off the mark."

I want to give this book to everyone and I am not the only one. Hugh Howey has a great review of this book and also mentions wanting to tell non readers "they must read this book. “It’s important.” Another great chapter "Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn't" is about the science behind language acquisition. Research has discovered a fourteen month old can only learn words spoken by several people. Hearing one person speak the child doesn't learn the word even if it is repeated many times. If the child hears it from several people the child learns it easily. How fascinating is that???

There is also a chapter about how early gifted and talented tests do not predict who is actually gifted and talented. Basically, the brain is not finished developing so it is impossible to accurately pinpoint the smartest kids so early.

A more food related chapter is how lack of sleep (not TV watching) leads to obesity and ADHD. I have simplified these ideas too much but it really is not to be missed book. And on that note, I am going to make this post short in the interest of getting more sleep. Goodnight.

Because I can't give this book to everyone I am doing a giveaway to give it to one lucky winner!

1) To enter, please make a comment- any comment- on THIS post (click on "comments" below).
3) Post your comment by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, April 4, 2010. One entry per person, please. US addresses only.
4) One winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Monday, April 5, 2010.
5) NOTE: You must check back on Monday, April 5 to see if you won if you don't include your email address in your post or email me your address. Unclaimed prizes not claimed in 48 hours will be forfeited to next winner.

14 comments:

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Cannon and Kassie said...

this sounds so interesting, if I don't win I'll definitely read it anyway :)

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happymommy3 said...

I would love this book but am confused by the deadlines. :) this was posted long after March 5 so I am going to comment in hopes if still being able to win. Fingers crossed!

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wuvweesa said...

This book sounds fascinating, I'm definitely adding it to my list of books to read.

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Babyfro said...

Well I'm a mommy of a little one, so this book seems right up my alley. I'll retweet for you so you might get more people stopping by!! Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

babyfro97 at gmail dot com

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Marlena said...

I have your site bookmarked for several favorite recipes. They are all great! Happy to enter a giveaway, and would definitely enjoy a good parenting book!

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Sarah said...

Sounds very interesting, will have to check it out either way!

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Julie said...

I am so excited to read this book. I have wanted a copy since it cam out, but money is so tight!
Mainly as we have four little ones in the home (4, 5, 6 and 8) we have one in college and one in highschool as well. We are a blended family. From what I have read already about this book,it is clearly going to help me become a lot better at figuring out all their individual needs and being the best mom and step mom that I can be. My fingers are definitely crossed!!

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Anonymous said...

My husband got this book from the library and I need to get caught up with him. We had some great conversations based on this book.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Betsy King
betsy@betsykingphoto.com
http://www.betsykingphoto.com

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Brian said...

Hoping to read this based on my brother's comments!

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BACEBO said...

Yes please! I've heard so much about this book!

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matthewsbelinda said...

I have listened to this book, I do not have a copy of it, I have a CD, it was recommended to me, by a former colleague of mine. I have used many of the facts and information in my presentations to parents for the Parents Institute for Quality Education. That is an organization that helps parents to understand the CA. school system and their rights and responsibilities. It would be nice to have an actual copy of the book to show, instead of a picture.

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Anonymous said...

This book is on my Amazon wishlist...

dannette.tucker at gmail dot com

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EmiG said...

I loved this book! Got it from the library a few weeks ago and have recommended it to everyone I know since. Would love my own copy!!

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