I am an employee, parent, and student who is a bit of a motivational book junkie. Mainly read Business/leadership books.
Easy to follow and understand. It was also enjoyable.
Brings life to the humorous portions of the book.
Absolutely. I have recommended this book to numerous people, and also insisted that the head of curriculum at my son's daycare/pre-school read it.
Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift would be similar in that they are an empirical analysis of child/developmental issues.
Yes. I have listened to Brain Rules. They are both great (and have independent material, so they are both a great read).
Husbands---be nice to your wives!
The information in the book is interesting. Great stuff, especially for an expectant parent. But the narrator is so painfully bad that I'm having difficulty finishing the book. To illustrate its points the book is filled with quotes from new parents, and when reading these the narrator over-emotes like a ham actor. It's so uncomfortable to listen to that I have to stop. I keep coming back because the information is interesting, but I can't listen to more than a few minutes at a time. My advice is to avoid this audio book. Either read the written work or choose one if the many other audio books on child development.
One of my favorites!
John was very passionate about what he writes about and it is very apparent as he reads his book.
I enjoy neurobiology, so it may be to scientific for some. He present scholarly articles to support his recommendations. He also was very honest and realistic. Loved his input and plan to take to heart his recommendations when I am raising my child.
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.