I liked all of the interesting, myth-busting information in this book. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone just starting down the parenting trail or even us seasoned parents who need to re-evaluate what works and doesn't.
I liked all the well-documented information on studies that supported the claims the author makes.
The narrator was a little sing-songy.
It made me think and discuss the content of the book with friends, who, in turn, want to read the book. That's the best kind of book for me.
Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.
I had heard of this book from a number of other parents with children of various ages, but was not all that convinced--often, titles like this conceal a bunch of crappy, half-baked not well thought out ideas.
That's not the case for nurture shock.
Working in tech, the name Po Bronson was familiar enough to me that my first thought was "What does he know about child rearing"--after all, the book I knew him by was "Nudist on the Late Shift", so there isn't a lot of obvious correlation. It turns out that he felt the same way--he's just a dad who was trying to do things the right way, and started looking at the studies on child rearing, and the way that children actually turn out.
Similar to Freakonomics, it turns out that when the entire set of science related to child raising (including teenagers) is consolidated, there are many, many surprises in store.
A few examples:
Peter and the Wolf vs. George Washington and the Cherry Tree--which is more effective in stopping children from lying, and why?
Parents who argue with their teenagers frequently vs. rarely--how does the perception of the adult differ from that of the teen in the relationship?
Is spanking good, bad or indifferent? Does it matter who spanks, where and when?
How "colorblind" approaches to child raising are the wrong way to go...
and much more.
If you buy it, be warned--you may end up buying others for other parents you know so that you can talk and compare notes.
The information provided by this book is understandable, supported by science and is actionable. Parents can listen to this book and apply what they've learned for the benefit of their children. The usefulness of this book is its greatest feature.
I enjoyed listening to the author/narrator. The information is presented in a conversational tone with plenty of anecdotes.
The title is a bit confusing... but the image of a cracked egg says it all: You can't go back in again!
As a health care professional and parent, this book debunked lots of traditional parenting beliefs... and also gave scientific support to other workable approaches that help deal with issues such as praise of children, early academic testing for "giftedness", lying, sibling rivalry and so much more.
Although Po Bronson's reading was a tad slow, it did allow the listener to grapple with the surprising and detailed concepts being presented. This is one of the few audiobooks that I plan to buy in hardcover, to use as a reference, and to give as a gift to other well-intentioned parents.
A great book that hopefully will allow this parenting culture to evolve.
This is one of the most useful audiobooks about parenting and working with kids that I have read.
The studies examined included the misconceptions caused by trying to raise kids to be blind to color, the perils of praise, and the merits of arguing with a teenager.
The research and studies were made interesting and easy to follow by the narrator.
Yes, if was an easy listen and read. The information is eclectic and offers lots of data to absorb. If you are listening for enjoyment, then the audio book is a good reference. However, if you are listening for a research paper or report, you'll need to order the book as well. I did both.
Not sure I have
Audio book is slow and mundane. There were moments I felt like the narration was going to put me to sleep. However, the audio book allowed me to listen on an MP3 format in my car and on my headset which was convenient.
This book is a fascinating account of the latest science in child development. It is absolutely a must read book for any parent who is trying to interpret the onslaught of "expert" advice out there about child rearing. It is refreshing after reading so many books that claim to have all of the answers to read something that is honest about how much weight to give various scientific findings. The style is candid, straightforward, and easy to understand. As to the narration, I was nervous when I saw that it is narrated by the author, but Po Bronson does a really nice job. The narration is enthusiastic and captivating. It almost makes you feel like you are having a conversation with the author himself. I highly recommend this book. If you are anything like me, you won't regret it!
It's filled with interesting information and and makes some strong cases against various elements of the status quo. That's the problem.. this whole book is a series of arguments rather than a cordial dissemination of information. I'm interested in the subjects, and I want to learn what the author has to say, but there's this sophomoric, almost arrogant, tone to the whole thing.
I am not the critics. I'm not some withered old professor who's clinging to antiquated ideologies. I'm just an expecting father looking for contemporary scientific information.
Sometimes, the book sounds like recitations of old arguments that the author has had at various academic dinner parties, and I just want to remind the author "I'm not disagreeing with you". I don't need another example of another person who was wrong, and how wrong all the wrong people form wrong land are all the wrong time. Please sir, just give me the facts.
I strongly preferred "Brain Rules for Baby"