Book Reviews

by Josée

Lately I’ve been reading parenting books. Why? No reason really. I just want to know what people are saying these days. And what are they saying? Well that’s what this post is about so read on.

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

Using science this book challenges the way the we North Americans are parenting children. Chapter 1: The Inverse Power of Praise gives you a good idea of what the book is about. Did you know that praising a child’s success instead specifically their effort to achieve may actually low their self-confidence? Apparently this is what research is showing. Anyways, each chapter covers a specific topic: The Lost Hour (the importance of sleep for children), Why White Parents Don’t Talk about Race, The Sibling Effect etc. When reading this book some things made so much sense I found myself jumping up and down yelling “yes yes!”. Other parts made me put the book down and stop reading it. My opinion is that there are part worth remembering and parts worth forgetting. While this was an interesting book to read I wouldn’t go out and buy it.

Instinctive Parenting: Trusting Ourselves to Raise Good Kids

This is a great book! Ada Calhoun takes a down-to-earth middle-of-the-road approach to some of the most controversial parenting issues out there: breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, sleep-training, vaccinating, circumcision, junk food, working outside the home etc. Each chapter is short and sweet and full of personal anecdotes. I found myself laughing out loud and really relating to her stories. I didn’t necessarily “agree” with everything she wrote but I think that was the point:) I would definitely recommend this book for expecting moms and moms with younger kids.

Read an excerpt of her book here.

What are you reading these days?

1 comment

cindyswobblog May 6, 2010 - 10:30 pm

I'm just starting C.S.Lewis' series The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe – Ive never read them and am getting excited!


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