The information provided by this book is understandable, supported by science and is actionable. Parents can listen to this book and apply what they've learned for the benefit of their children. The usefulness of this book is its greatest feature.
I enjoyed listening to the author/narrator. The information is presented in a conversational tone with plenty of anecdotes.
The title is a bit confusing... but the image of a cracked egg says it all: You can't go back in again!
As a health care professional and parent, this book debunked lots of traditional parenting beliefs... and also gave scientific support to other workable approaches that help deal with issues such as praise of children, early academic testing for "giftedness", lying, sibling rivalry and so much more.
Although Po Bronson's reading was a tad slow, it did allow the listener to grapple with the surprising and detailed concepts being presented. This is one of the few audiobooks that I plan to buy in hardcover, to use as a reference, and to give as a gift to other well-intentioned parents.
A great book that hopefully will allow this parenting culture to evolve.
This is one of the most useful audiobooks about parenting and working with kids that I have read.
The studies examined included the misconceptions caused by trying to raise kids to be blind to color, the perils of praise, and the merits of arguing with a teenager.
The research and studies were made interesting and easy to follow by the narrator.
Yes, if was an easy listen and read. The information is eclectic and offers lots of data to absorb. If you are listening for enjoyment, then the audio book is a good reference. However, if you are listening for a research paper or report, you'll need to order the book as well. I did both.
Not sure I have
Audio book is slow and mundane. There were moments I felt like the narration was going to put me to sleep. However, the audio book allowed me to listen on an MP3 format in my car and on my headset which was convenient.
This book is a fascinating account of the latest science in child development. It is absolutely a must read book for any parent who is trying to interpret the onslaught of "expert" advice out there about child rearing. It is refreshing after reading so many books that claim to have all of the answers to read something that is honest about how much weight to give various scientific findings. The style is candid, straightforward, and easy to understand. As to the narration, I was nervous when I saw that it is narrated by the author, but Po Bronson does a really nice job. The narration is enthusiastic and captivating. It almost makes you feel like you are having a conversation with the author himself. I highly recommend this book. If you are anything like me, you won't regret it!
It's filled with interesting information and and makes some strong cases against various elements of the status quo. That's the problem.. this whole book is a series of arguments rather than a cordial dissemination of information. I'm interested in the subjects, and I want to learn what the author has to say, but there's this sophomoric, almost arrogant, tone to the whole thing.
I am not the critics. I'm not some withered old professor who's clinging to antiquated ideologies. I'm just an expecting father looking for contemporary scientific information.
Sometimes, the book sounds like recitations of old arguments that the author has had at various academic dinner parties, and I just want to remind the author "I'm not disagreeing with you". I don't need another example of another person who was wrong, and how wrong all the wrong people form wrong land are all the wrong time. Please sir, just give me the facts.
I strongly preferred "Brain Rules for Baby"
While this book doesn't answer all questions about child-rearing, and even raises a few, it provides ample eye-opening and useful information. I am considering buying the paper version to keep as a reference. My main criticism of the audiobook is that the narrator tends to put emphasis on the wrong words, which is odd since he is the coauthor.
This book is required reading for parents. I was doing a lot wrong. I am so glad to have read this book while my children are young enough to benefit from my correction. My wife completely agrees as well. Kind, well-meaning parents may create many counter-productive incentives for their children without the knowledge and insight afforded in this easy to read book. Please excuse the embarrassingly crass introduction and skip right to chapter one. Everything but the introduction is excellent.