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New book counters conventional wisdom about childrearing


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If you have kids and they’re sleeping late this morning, let ‘em. That’s one snippet of advice from a new book that examines new research about child development.

Author Po Bronson told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that kids today are sleeping one hour less every night than the generation before them. He said that can significantly affect their outlook on life.

Po Bronson: “Lack of sleep disrupts the coding of good memories more than it disrupts the re-coding of bad memories. So kids who don’t get enough sleep have great memories of all the bad things that happened to them yesterday and in the months in the past. And worse recall of the good things that happened. So this creates an ongoing downward spiral of their perception of what’s going on in the world.”

Not to mention a harder time staying awake in class. Bronson collaborated with Ashley Merryman on NutureShock: New Thinking About Children.