If you can get past the stories and quotes he pulls from the web forum (never a good idea) there are is sound science and easily digestible kernels of wisdom in abundance.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
"Brain Rules for Baby" was a delightful surprise. This author teaches the reader about brain development in the womb and throughout the first five years of life. He is able to relay this information simply, concisely and with well documented research. He also teaches about how brain development is affected by parenting styles and presents simple rules to help parents understand what their babies need in order to develop optimally; both happily and healthily. Dr. Medina documents his research sources throughout this well-developed thorough study while he also manages to present his suggestions with humility and personality. I highly recommend this book for parents-to-be, current parents of little children, as well as to teachers, social workers and therapists. It is beautifully accessible and simply written. My only caution is that the first chapter focuses on brain development in the womb which I did find a bit tedious. I ended up skipping over parts of the first chapter and was so glad that I stayed with it because I learned so much. In fact, I ended up buying the kindle version also so that I can refer to the rules and reasons for his suggestions.
I loved brain rules, brain rules for baby also delivered. Medina shares his expertise about baby brain development, parenting, and behavior.
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.