A new perspective on parenting

October 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Are our ways of nurturing our children producing the desired results? Po Bronson, co-author of "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children," shares a surprising new perspective on parenting.

About the book:
The central premise of this book is that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring - because key twists in the science have been overlooked. NurtureShock is soon to be featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, All Things Considered, Fresh Air.

Scholars can predict how two siblings interact as grown-ups - before the younger sibling is even born. How they do it: they observe how the older sibling plays with her best friend.

Exposing kids to day-to-day marital conflict may actually be good for them.

Dishonesty, it turns out, may not be an indication of a troubled child at all, but rather a sign of intelligence, social savvy, and an emerging, unique identity.

For decades, admissions officers at private schools, and gifted programs administrators in public schools, have tested children as early as kindergarten for placement. Follow up testing in later grades shows that these "gifted" kids have been incorrectly placed 73% of the time. Late bloomers are being left behind.

The more racially diverse a school, the less likely it is that the child will have a close friend of a different race today. So is school diversity backfiring?

Popular "Mean Girls" are actually doing as many nice things as mean. It's a fine balance of aggression and kindness that keeps them popular.

Young kids are more aggressive after watching t.v. shows like Arthur than Power Rangers.

For years, people have been saying that the key to early language development is the amount of exposure to spoken words. But it turns out exposure isn't the driver at all: instead, it could all be in the timing of a parent's touch.

Buy the book on Amazon: NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

You can catch Po Bronson at the Burke's School in San Francisco
Open to the public, this event will be at Burke's School in the outer Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco on October 7th at 9 a.m. The address for the school is 7070 California Street. Green Apple Bookstore will be selling NurtureShock and Po will be signing them as well

For more information, visit www.nurtureshock.com

About Po Bronson:
Po Bronson has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction. He has published five books, and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Currently he is writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom.

Po Bronson's book of social documentary, What Should I Do With My Life?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained in the Top 10 for nine months. He has been on Oprah, on every national morning show, and on the cover of five magazines, including Wired and Fast Company. His first novel, Bombardiers, was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. His books have been translated into 18 languages. Po speaks regularly at colleges and community "town hall" events. He is a founder of The San Francisco Writer's Grotto, a cooperative workspace for about 40 writers and filmmakers. From 1992 to 2006 he was on the Board of Directors of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. He lives in San Francisco with his family.


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