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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,867 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ashley Merryman, Po Bronson Narrator: Po Bronson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98 percent of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98 percent of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?

NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children we have mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring, because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors’ work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend the lives of children and adults. One of the most influential books about children ever published, NurtureShock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom and gets to the core of how we grow, learn, and live.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Adds insight to irresistible nonfiction subject matter…Destined to turn up in conversations among working parents.”

    New York Times

  • “Blinding…Brilliant.”

    Washington Post

  • “Compelling…Captivating…Explains cutting-edge research to the lay readership…It’s riveting.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Some of the most groundbreaking research on children conducted in years…will knock your socks off.”

    Huffington Post

  • “The Freakonomics of child rearing…A fantastic read…A wake-up call for parents.”

    Good Morning America

  • “The most important book I’ve read this year…If you only read one thing I review, please make it this.”


  • “A boon for concerned parents.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Thorough research backs up numerous cited case studies, experts’ findings, and examination of successful progressive programs at work in schools.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Astonishing…Prepare to be slack-jawed…This tour de force is one of the best parenting psychology books in years and will likely be seismic in influence.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A provocative collection of essays…A skilled, accessible presentation of scientific research in layman’s language.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is an important, thought-provoking book. The chapter on chronic sleep deprivation alone is worth the price. In comparison to thirty years ago, kids from kindergarten through high school are getting an hour less snooze time—which is negatively impacting IQ, knowledge retention, emotional well-being, attentiveness, and weight. The practical implications of such research are obvious—and our family recently made an important household change: earlier bedtimes for all, regardless of age.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Irresistible…NurtureShock will make you a better mom or dad without you even knowing it.”


  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2009
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Audie Award Finalist

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Julievila | 2/1/2014

    " Holy cow! So much information and so many personal thoughts. Someone remind me to read this again in 5 years when I have teens and tweens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by HippieMommy | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I think that part of what I loved so much about it is that it helped me to reconsider some of my well-intentioned (but perhaps "wrong") thoughts and actions. I would recommend this book to all parents and to those who work with children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Mark | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and only wished I'd read it much earlier in my life as a parent. I've already attempted to adjust how I encourage my children and compliment them. Well written and worth reading for parents and parents to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Desiree Loeven | 1/6/2014

    " Info book. Some good, new parenting info with solid research, as well as some shaky connections with just as much research. Above and beyond common reasoning in some parts, and answered some of my own troubling parental questions about over-praising,the 'rebellious' years, and how to best teach self control. My favorite part is 1. Intelligence is malleable and growable and 2. Executive functioning and stick-to-it-tiveness can be enhanced through regular planning and activities. Recommend, with a mind to harvest the best bits. "

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About the Author

Ashley Merryman is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller NurtureShock. She coauthor Po Bronson have won numerous awards for their reporting, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award and the Mensa Press Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek and Time. She lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Po Bronson is the author of five books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller What Should I Do With My Life? His New York magazine articles with Ashley Merryman on the science of parenting have won the Magazine Journalism Award and a Clarion Award. Their articles for Time magazine have won the award for outstanding journalism from the Council on Contemporary Families. Bronson lives in San Francisco, with his wife and two children.