John Medina did a great job of taking a complex topic and delivering it in an easy-to-understand and interesting way. I will definitely listen to this one again.
I learned a lot about how parenting works, but a detailed review is not necessary here because Amazon has already many excellent reviews about the content of the book. Content aside, though, the quality of the audio performance is as wonderful as John Medina's other audio books. His voice is passionate and engaging. He reads at the right pace too: not too slow nor too fast.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
When I picked out this book I thought I was going to listen to a book about brain development, or how to potentialize the baby brain development, but instead I got a book about brain, personality and emotional intelligence development.
The first thing you have to consider before going through this book it that you MUST keep an open mind. Why? Because many of the popular beliefs new parents think are right are SO WRONG according to this book. Example? Remember those moms who puts headphones on their bellies so their yet to be born babies can listen to Mozart to boost their brains? Well, Dr. Medina says they are unnecessary.
If you are one of those parent who think DVDs will help their kids get smarter, this book is so NOT for you. Like I said, he contradicts many popular beliefs and some people who strongly believe in them might not finish this book.
Dr. Medina brings some common concepts we take for granted to the light of science and he explains what style of parenting would be more beneficial for parents to raise a happy and smart child.
This is brought to you with a high dose of fun and laughter. You will constantly find yourself thinking about things you do - right or wrong - and laugh out loud with this book.
I highly recommend this book to any parent who wants to get the most of parenting.
It made me laugh at a number of points and made me go "Oh! That's the reason for..." over and over!
I plan on listening to it again soon since I think i will continue drawing new insights as my daughter grows up. The tone of the reader was jolly but the presentation style and content was excellent for the credibiltiy and intelligibility of the content. The data were comfortable and personal all at once. Loved it!
Lots of research, not just his own opinions.
He also took a longitudinal approach and incorporated research from the last 50 years, which made the data very rich.
The practicality of the way the research was written up
It's very long and has LOTS of information, so I wouldn't suggest listening to it in one sitting if you want to get the most of it.
Great read for any parent, therapist or parent educator.
This book gives you a great understand of how a babies brain may work.
The chapter about babies learning how to play and use their imagination is very good. The chapter on one on one contact with the baby and not just putting them in front of a screen is a great listen.
It is narrated and written well.
Yes and I did on a long drive on afternoon.
As a Cognitive Scientist, I consider the information in book to be based on good quality research. It is packed with information, presented in an entertaining way.
I bought this for my husband during our pregnancy days when we were "dividing and conquering" the books on pregnancy and parenting. It would be an understatement to say he loved this one. I heard him quoting passages to family and friends, and lingering in the car after he pulled into the driveway. He wants to gift this book to all his parent-to-be friends and is keeping his set of CDs in the car for future re-listening.
What he liked most was how much hard science goes into the recommendations in this book. And I have to agree that this sets this book apart from many other parenting books out there.
Really a great purchase and one you'll find informing your parenting decisions right from the start (there's good info starting from being good parents during pregnancy through later years). Easily digestible with nuggets you'll be drawing on for years to come.
Author Medina does a wonderful job at presenting parenting "must do's" which everyone should know. He provides information which will help you to raise an intelligent, well adjusted and happy baby and child. What I like most about this book is that everything he presented was backed by hard data and he sites the published scientific literature throughout his book.