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Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five | [John Medina]

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.
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Publisher's Summary

What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.

In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to 5. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control.

Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops--and what you can do to optimize it.You will view your children—and how to raise them—in a whole new light.

You’ll learn:

  • Where nature ends and nurture begins
  • Why men should do more household choresWhat you do when emotions run hot affects how your child turns out
  • TV is harmful for children under 2
  • Your child’s ability to relate to others predicts her future math performance
  • Smart and happy are inseparable
  • Pursuing your child’s intellectual success at the expense of his happiness achieves neither
  • Praising effort is better than praising intelligence
  • The best predictor of academic performance is not IQ. It’s self control
  • What you do right now—before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years—will affect your children for the rest of their lives.

Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.

©2010 John Medina (P)2010 Pear Press

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    Lili 03-11-15
    Lili 03-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "every parent should hear this"

    opened my eyes to so many things. going to listen to again and again since there is so much good information. make my husband listen too!

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    Samuel Garza Fort Worth, TX 02-24-15
    Samuel Garza Fort Worth, TX 02-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Useful information"

    I loved brain rules, brain rules for baby also delivered. Medina shares his expertise about baby brain development, parenting, and behavior.

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    Amazon Customer 10-24-14

    I am an employee, parent, and student who is a bit of a motivational book junkie. Mainly read Business/leadership books.

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    "Baby brain development backed by science"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules for Baby the most enjoyable?

    Easy to follow and understand. It was also enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great anecdotes.


    What does John Medina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings life to the humorous portions of the book.


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    Paige 07-08-14
    Paige 07-08-14 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby to and why?

    Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift would be similar in that they are an empirical analysis of child/developmental issues.


    Have you listened to any of John Medina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have listened to Brain Rules. They are both great (and have independent material, so they are both a great read).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Husbands---be nice to your wives!


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    Christopher 02-03-14
    Christopher 02-03-14
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    "Narrator is TERRIBLE"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicente Sacramento, CA, United States 11-05-13
    Vicente Sacramento, CA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy passionate narrators. Great content is also a good thing.

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    "John Medina's narration is outstanding."
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    I read Brain Rules by John Medina before reading this and didn't think he could add to what he already stated in that book. He did go over some of the things from his other book but not to the point that you would not need both in your library.
    His narration is outstanding. At one point he laughs at his own joke in the book while trying to read on. You can't help but laugh with him.
    The book is rich with information, giving a parent the desire to use it immediately.

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    Ann Blacksburg, VA, United States 10-03-13
    Ann Blacksburg, VA, United States 10-03-13
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    Where does Brain Rules for Baby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites!


    What about John Medina’s performance did you like?

    John was very passionate about what he writes about and it is very apparent as he reads his book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kelsey seattle, WA, United States 09-21-13
    Kelsey seattle, WA, United States 09-21-13
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    "Interesting and Informative."
    If you could sum up Brain Rules for Baby in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Anya Y Scarborough, Ontario Canada 09-16-13
    Anya Y Scarborough, Ontario Canada 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What an enjoyable audio book"

    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.

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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 09-09-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 09-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Fun, entertaining and enlightening!"

    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.

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