• Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You'll Love to Live With

    by Bonnie Harris Year Published: 2008 parenting
    Author Bonnie Harris writes, "Your child is not being a problem, she's having a problem."  No other statement has been as influential to my role as a parent. Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids'eight principles for raising kids gave me insight into myself, my child and our relationship. It is the only parenting book that I've read cover to cover and the only whose lessons I've incorporated into my daily life. 

    Review by Chris
    ​ Winn, Glenridge and Family Center Parent​
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  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

    by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Year Published: 2008 parenting

    Many commonly-held assumptions about nurturing children are upended in NurtureShock, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.  The authors offer new ways to think about children and how they develop, and provide scientific research (including work by Carol Dweck) on a variety of topics that cover all age groups.  This book can be read from cover to cover, or studied a chapter at a time. 

    Chapters include:

    The Inverse Power of Praise:  Sure he’s special.  But new research suggests that if you tell him that, you’ll ruin him.  It’s a neurobiological fact.

    The Lost Hour:  Around the world, children get an hour less sleep than they did thirty years ago.  The cost: IQ points, emotional well-being, ADHD, and obesity.

    Why White Parents Don’t Talk About Race:  Does teaching children about race and skin color make them better off or worse?

    Why Kids Lie:  We may treasure honesty, but the research is clear.  Most classic strategies to promote truthfulness just encourage kids to be better liars.

    The Search for Intelligent Life in Kindergarten:  Millions of kids are competing for seats in gifted programs and private schools.  Admissions officers say it’s an art:  new science says they’re wrong, 73% of the time.

    The Sibling Effect:  Freud was wrong.  Shakespeare was right.  Why siblings really fight.

    The Science of Teen Rebellion:  Why, for adolescents, arguing with adults is a sign of respect, not disrespect-and arguing is constructive to the relationship, not destructive.

    Can Self-Control Be Taught?:  Developers of a new kind of preschool keep losing their grant money-the students are so successful they’re no longer “at-risk enough” to warrant further study.  What’s their secret?

    Plays Well With Others:  Why modern involved parenting has failed to produce a generation of angels.

    Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn’t:  Despite scientists’ admonitions, parents still spend billions every year on gimmicks and videos, hoping to jump-start infants’ language skills.  What’s the right way to accomplish this goal?

    Review by Kristen Retter 

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