You’ve read my review of Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s NurtureShock and now, courtesy of the Hatchette Book Group, I have 3 copies of Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children to give away to 3 lucky readers in either hardback or audiobook. That’s right, winners’ choice. 🙂

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashely MerrymanPo Bronson and Ashley Merryman have written what is destined to become one of the most provocative and influential books about children of our time. The force and wisdom of these award-winning journalists’ work have been apparent since the publication of their cover story, “The Inverse Power of Praise,” in New York magazine. Literally overnight, parents changed how they talked to children. Schools assigned the article as homework for teachers, while business leaders discussed how it would change the way they rewarded employees. Over w,000 bloggers typed away, while legislators and religious leaders considered how the aritcle could transform the larger society.

But Bronson and Merryman’s insight on praise is just part of the first chapter of NurtureShock. There are nine more equally groundbreaking chapters after that. Among the topics covered:

  • Why the most brutal person in a child’s life is often a sibling, and how a single aspect of their preschool-aged play can determine their relationship as adults.
  • When is it too soon – or too late – to teach a child about race? Children in diverse schools are less likely to have a cross-racial friendship, not more – so is school diversity backfiring?
  • Millions of families are fighting to get their kids into private schools and advanced programs as early as possible. But schools are missing the best kids 73% of the time – the new neuroscience explains why.
  • Why are kids – even those from the best of homes – still aggressive and cruel? The answer is found in a rethinking of parental conflict, discipline, television’s unexpected influence, and social dominance.
  • Parents are desperate to jump-start infants’ language skills. Recently, scientists have discovered a series of natural techniques that are astonishing in their efficacy – it’s not baby videos, sign language, or even the richness of language exposure. It’s nothing you’ve heard before.

NurtureShock provides a revolutionary new perspective on childhood that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn, and live.


  • You must provide a working email in the email field of your comment so that I can notify you should you win.
  • Books are being shipped directly from the publisher, as such, the contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and no P.O. Boxes will be accepted.
  • Winner will be notified via email and has 72 hours (3 days) to respond with a mailing address. If the winning contestant does not respond after 72 hours a new winner will be drawn.
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  • This giveaway and review are a part of the NurtureShock Blog Tour, of which, several other blogs are also hosting giveaways. Should you win a copy of this book on another blog please be kind enough to remove yourself from this giveaway so that those who have not won a copy may have a chance. 🙂

How to Enter

  • Comment on this post. (1 entry)
  • Comment on my review of NurtureShock for another entry. (1 entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter for the duration of the giveaway (1 entry). Be sure to tell me your username in your comment. If you’re already following be sure to let me know as well and you will receive 2 entries instead of 1.
  • You may also tweet about this giveaway on Twitter for an additional entry.

Giveaway will run from September 10th until midnight on September 18th. Winners will be drawn on September 19th.

NurtureShock Blog Tour

The Symposium is proud to participate in the NurtureShock Blog Tour by hosting a review and giveaway. Be sure to check out the other fine blogs participating in the tour!

Participating Blogs:
Bookin’ With Bingo – Aug. 31 Q&A, review and giveaway
Sage and Savvy – Aug. 31 review and giveaway
Readaholic – Aug. 31 giveaway – Sept. 1 giveaway
Debbie’s World of Books – Sept. 1 giveaway
Starting Fresh – Sept. 1 giveaway
Busy Julie Blog – Sept. 1 review and giveaway
Metroreader: Reading One Mile At a Time – Sept. 2 review and giveaway (audiobook)
Book Soulmates – Sept. 2 giveaway
Bibliophiles ‘R’ Us – Sept. 3 giveaway
Mama Latina Tips – Sept. 4 review and giveaway
Review From Here – Sept. 5
Take Me Away – Sept. 5 Q&A and giveaway
Just Another New Blog – Sept. 5 review and giveaway (audiobook)
Global Arts – Sept. 5 review and giveaway
Reading at the Beach – Sept. 6 Q&A, review, and giveaway (hardcover and audio).
A Journey of Books – Sept. 7 Q&A and giveaway
Blog Business World – Sept. 7 Q&A and review
This Book for Free – Sept. 7 review and giveaway (book and audiobook)
Beth’s Book Review Blog – Sept 7 review; Sept. 8 Q&A and giveaway
A Park Avenue Princess – Sept. 9 review and giveaway
Knit Purl Gurl – Sept. 10 giveaway
The Symposium – Sept. 10 review and giveaway
Today’s Adventure – Sept. 11 review and giveaway
Library Queue – Sept. 11 review.