Last week I wrote about recent research on praise and explored just what types of praise are the most effective. The idea of praising kids’ growth rather than telling them they’re smart was first introduced to me through the book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. I read this book as a teacher and was fascinated by what it said about how research on children has disproved some of what we’ve come to accept as conventional wisdom.
Since becoming a parent, I’ve been wanting to dive back into this book. So I’ve decided to make NurtureShock the first book of the Curiosity Pack Book Club! And I’m inviting you to read along me and join in conversations about how the research presented in this book can affect us as parents. We’ll be starting the book the week of 1/19 and reading 1-3 chapters/week (don’t worry– they’re short!). The discussion will happen via a private Curiosity Pack Book Club Facebook group. Join here!
- The crucial role that sleep plays in adolescent development and the far-reaching consequences of not getting enough sleep. On average, kids get one less hour of sleep per night than they did 30 years ago. The effects of this lost hour range from impacted academic performance to increased obesity.
- The benefits of teaching young children self control through a well-designed, play-based program. When kids make plans for their play and participate in sustained periods of play followed by guided reflection, the benefits are huge.
- Why educational media can be more detrimental than violent television. “Educational” shows often contain problems that are solved at the end of the show. For example, imagine a show about teasing. 90% of the show features characters getting teased, with the resolution coming only at the end of the show. Young kids pick up on the teasing they see, not the message behind the show.
- … and much much more!
I’m envisioning the Curiosity Pack Book Club as a community where we can read books about child development, learning, and parenting together. I love reading these types of books and would be thrilled to have you join me. Looking forward to seeing you in the group!