For Parents, The Return Of Tough Love? Your kids are perfect — just don't tell them that. NurtureShock, the new book by Po Bronson, explores how Americans have misunderstood the role of praise in parenting and what we can do to save our kids from ourselves.

For Parents, The Return Of Tough Love?

For Parents, The Return Of Tough Love?

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Po Bronson is a columnist for Newsweek.com. Chris Hardy hide caption

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Po Bronson is a columnist for Newsweek.com.

Chris Hardy

The days of the so-called "helicopter parent" are numbered — or they should be, according to author Po Bronson.

Although the impulse to hover over our kids may stem from the best of intentions, Bronson argues that over-praising and over-nurturing may do more harm than good. His new book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children expands on a series he wrote with co-author Ashley Merryman for New York magazine, exploring how American pop culture has misread the fine print of parental research.

Bronson is also the author of The New York Times best-seller What Should I Do With My Life? and Why Do I Love These People?