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OWL thanks Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson for NURTURESHOCK21 Jun

Kids.

What can you say about them that hasn’t been said?

Well, authors Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson have the answer to that.  And it’s a book that’s rocking parents from coast to coast:  NurtureShock. The great thing about this book is that it’s not just making assumptions and opinions about parenting and, well, kidsing, it’s grounded in some very real, very new science.

Here’s some of the points the Publisher’s Weekly highlights of the 10 provocative chapters that cover such issues as:

  • The inverse power of praise (effort counts more than results)
  • Why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids’ capacity to learn
  • Why white parents don’t talk about race
  • Why kids lie
  • What evaluation methods for giftedness and accompanying programs don’t work
  • Why siblings really fight (to get closer).

The chatty reportage and plentiful anecdotes belie the thorough research backing up numerous cited case studies, experts’ findings and examination of successful progressive programs at work in schools.

Thanks to Ashley and Po, OWL will be sending a case of their book to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Remember, these donations are being made from the goodness of the authors’ hearts–so please help them out and pick up a copy for yourself to help them recoup their donation.  They’re not asking you to do this–but I am.

 

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