Interview with Ashley Merryman

Co‐author of Nurtureshock Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have been making a lot of waves in the past two years since they published their book Nurtureshock, which delves into some of the recent social science around child rearing. Ours is an age of anxiety when it comes to children—how best to feed them, what to teach them, what, if anything, we can do to prevent them from feeling unloved or unfulfilled when they grow up. Nurtureshock provides its readers with some helpful information based on study after study. What effect does praising our children have on them? (Not always the🔒

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Ashley Merryman is a writer and attorney who previously served in the Clinton administration in various positions, including as a speechwriter/researcher to then Vice President Al Gore. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, New York, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She and Po Bronson have won nine national awards for their reporting in Nurtureshock, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Award for Journalism, an "Audie," two Clarion Awards, the Mensa Press Award, and the award for outstanding journalism from the Council on Contemporary Families. Bronson and Merryman's latest book is called Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Jana Llewellyn writes both fiction and nonfiction and is former associate editor of Friends Journal.

Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Book Club
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