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About the book
  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407079080
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Nurtureshock

Why Everything We Thought About Children is Wrong




Groundbreaking work that will change the way we think about the young forever

What if we told you...

that dishonesty in children is a positive trait

that arguing in front of your kids can make you a good role model

and that if you praise your children you risk making them fail

...and it was all true?

Using a cutting-edge combination of behavioural psychology and neuroscience, award-winning journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have produced an innovative, counter-intuitive read that will change the way we interact with our children forever.

They demonstrate that for years our best intentions with children have been our worst ideas, using break-through scientific studies to prove that our instincts and received wisdom are all wrong. Nurtureshock is the Freakonomics of childhood and adolescence, exploring logic-defying insights that have far-reaching relevance for us all.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407079080
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Authors

Po Bronson

Po Bronson has written for Wired, Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, What Should I do With My Life?, Why Do I Love These People? and the novel The Nudist on the Late Shift. His books have been translated into twenty languages.

Ashley Merryman

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have won nine national awards for their reporting on the science of human development, including the PEN USA Award for Literary Journalism and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award for Outstanding Journalism. Their work has been cited as scientific authority in nearly 30 peer-reviewed journals. Prior to collaborating, Bronson authored five books, including the number one New York Times bestseller What Should I Do With My Life? Merryman's journalism has appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and numerous other venues. Bronson lives in San Francisco, with his wife and two children. Merryman lives in Los Angeles.


Praise for Nurtureshock

“An explosive new book... Many of the findings in Nurtureshock are not what we parents expect or want to hear, but we have to hear it”

Daily Mail

“A wake-up call for parents... the Freakonomics of child-rearing... a fantastic read”

Good Morning America


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