Saturday, June 11, 2011

Nurture Shock

I am currently in Grad School, and we used "Nurture Shock" by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman as our opening discussion topic. The chapters that we covered were very interesting, and I enjoyed them very much. Each topic is grounded in research and intelligently presented. The topics are all on childrearing, and are focused in a manner that could be used for teachers or parents with no problem. Topics include how to properly praise a child, the effect of lack of sleep on learning,
teaching children about race, lying, siblings, teen rebellion, self-control, and more. The chapters are a short, quick read that will leave you thinking hard about how you interact with the children in your life.

We Be Big

I received a complementary copy of "We Be Big The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids From Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick & Bubba" by Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey through the Booksneeze blogger program. Rick and Bubba are on air radio personalities that are big on redneck humor and faith in God and what He has in store for them. The book follows them from their childhoods all the way to the success they are currently enjoying. Their show is based in the South, so I have never listened to it, living in the Midwest. This made it a bit hard to get into the book and I think that if I was more familiar with the people in the book I would have been much more interested in finding out about their lives. All in all, it was a decent book, but I don't think I would recommend it to a friend.