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.
Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.
©2010 John Medina (P)2010 Pear Press
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.
Could get a little technical occasionally, but he proves that all this is backed up by actual studies. This is good info about all the bogus information out there about most baby products. I am going to put this book to use in raising my two kids! Great Job John!
Great baby advice
Practical guidance on how to give your baby a good start in life
Good use of expression to make it interesting
The best thing about this book is that it is based on research, not on opinions. I have listened to this audiobook at least 20 times.
The audio version allows you to hear the authors love for the subject which helps you focus on the vast amount of information being provided that is technical in nature. Reading it I think I would have glazed over and given up a lot earlier.
Mr. Media's performance and understanding of learning makes this educational and insightful tool enjoyable.
That children grow adults, adults do not grow children.
Must buy for anyone interested in learning why humans do what they do and how to get along better. Can't wait to start his other book!!
I liked how it seems like each chapter starts with a promise, presents the big picture... then goes into the details (supporting claims by studies & real-life examples).. then ends by summarizing the key concepts of that chapter.
It has plenty of tips on raising a smart kid. Recommended for new parents.
Yes I've listened to it twice already while the wife was pregnant, I wanted to make sure I did not miss anything. I will most likely listen again due to my long commute.
I can't wait till my little girl is old enough to 'draw on cardboard boxes with a fresh box of crayons', so simple yet it opens new imaginative worlds.
I never heard of tools of the mind, really good stuff to look into.
"Practical, pragmatic and reassuring"
I listened to this first whilst 8 months pregnant and have just re-listened now my baby is 4 months old. The book gives very practical tips on how different forms of interaction affect your child throughout its life. Its fascinating and would recommend to any parent or parent to be.
"great start to raising that wonderful child"
loved it, an enthusiast narrator and plenty of information to follow up on. I enjoyed listening and learning. Now time to start doing.
"It's boring !!"
Bought with enthusiasm and confidence. Some interesting points but really have found it a chore to listen to. K regards
"easily absorbed sensible advice on child rearing"
This was sensible, well explained advice that I can easily imagine working into my new life as a parent and I am actually looking forward to listening to this as a regular refresher as they grow and I have to practice new parenting skills (e.g. when the tantrums start).
The voice is perfect, not irritating but not so dull that it makes you want to fall asleep (quite amazing for a parent of new born twins as everything makes me want to sleep!)
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for some scientific yet practical advice.
As I'm not yet a parent I picked up the book as I was interested in neuroscience. I was not disappointed and even got more than I bargained for. Medina is a gifted communicator, entertainer, and educator. The book has genuine laugh out loud moments but also makes you think. You will never look at learning in the same way, and will be more aware of the rationale for certain parenting styles and decisions.
"Promising title, poor content"
Apart from the fact that listening this audiobook was uneasy due to the paticularly "uncomfortable" voice of the writer, the content was not as useful as the title suggested. Perhaps from chapter 5 and forward someone might have found some useful, perhaps practical information about raising a child. If I had the chance I would have asked for a refund.
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