This book is required reading for parents. I was doing a lot wrong. I am so glad to have read this book while my children are young enough to benefit from my correction. My wife completely agrees as well. Kind, well-meaning parents may create many counter-productive incentives for their children without the knowledge and insight afforded in this easy to read book. Please excuse the embarrassingly crass introduction and skip right to chapter one. Everything but the introduction is excellent.
If you are a parent, I recommend this book very highly. The section around sleep and it's connection to grades and depression was especially important. "Tools for the Mind" was a fascinating look at early childhood learning. This book has influenced my perspectives on parenting greatly. If you like Gladwell's books or the Freakonomics books, this will be right up your alley.
An important book. I wish I had read it years ago when my children were still small. It is easy to follow and packed with insight.
I'm always looking for a better way help my family and I know I dont have all the answers. This helped expand my mind a little more. I try to get at least one lesson from a book. I now praise my kids in a better way.
I have told every parent I know to buy this book. I have already applied some of the lessons to my 4 yr old and have seen a difference.
Lets face it, kids do not come with manuals, so I believe in reading books about parenting in order to be a better parent. And NURTURE SHOCK is one of, if not the, best book I have read (or heard) on parenting.
As a parent of new twins, I found this book to be quite eye-opening. There's a lot of unexpected information about understanding young kids as they grow up. Check it out.
I am not sure what my expectations were, but they were not met. The book tries to cover babies to teens and wastes a lot of time on too much detail. About 2 chapters were of value to the parent of a 4 year old.