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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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    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."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Blacksburg, VA, United States 10-03-13
    Ann Blacksburg, VA, United States 10-03-13
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    "Loved!"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    J. Larson Blue Bell, PA USA 09-06-13
    J. Larson Blue Bell, PA USA 09-06-13 Member Since 2008

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

    It made me laugh at a number of points and made me go "Oh! That's the reason for..." over and over!


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    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!

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    Liam Florida Hills, South Africa 03-26-13
    Liam Florida Hills, South Africa 03-26-13
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    "Fantastic read about brain development"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules for Baby the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The practicality of the way the research was written up


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for any parent, therapist or parent educator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Flynn II WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 02-27-13
    John Flynn II WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great baby book"
    What did you love best about Brain Rules for Baby?

    This book gives you a great understand of how a babies brain may work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules for Baby?

    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.


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

    It is narrated and written well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did on a long drive on afternoon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wellingtion, New Zealand 01-07-13
    Susan Wellingtion, New Zealand 01-07-13
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    "Well delivered, quality information."

    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.


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    Kim TOPANGA, CA, United States 10-31-12
    Kim TOPANGA, CA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book!"

    Great up to date information and it was fun listening to the author. He's funny and very enthusiastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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