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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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    L New York, NY, United States 01-28-12
    L New York, NY, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and outstanding!"

    I've recommended this to everyone. Read by the author, it condenses the current state of brain development into "rules" for dealing with children. By far the best of the bunch of recent books on raising children.

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    GC 01-05-12
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    This is a great book! As a first-time parent of an adopted toddler, I had little lead-up time to prepare, and this book helped sort through the mixed messages with which various forms of media bombard the general public. Without the time to sift through the peer reviewed research myself, it was hard to separate those pieces of advice that are based in strong evidence, from those asserted by very vocal people who have never bothered to research the questions they answer. John Medina did the work -- I won't say that he's smart, but I will say that he worked very hard. I thank him for that priceless advice (and I'm pretty sure he's smart, too).


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

    Entertainment value.


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    shay USA 12-12-11
    shay USA 12-12-11
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    i really enjoyed this book. it's getting a little use to , to mr.medina's voice. but whatever you read is very informative and a parent can understand the logic behind what is said.

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    Kristi Comox, BC, Canada 11-22-11
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    Informative, interesting, I would recommend to friends/family. Easy to follow, never found myself drifting off.

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    Molly caldwell, ID, United States 10-20-11
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    A must-read for new or expectant parents! This book presented research and then some practical ideas that a parent may use to create a brain-rich environment!

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    Matthew Newcastle, WA, United States 09-07-11
    Matthew Newcastle, WA, United States 09-07-11
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    "Myths and Truths about Baby"

    Using scientific research and facts, author explains the truth about baby brain development and our ability to influence it. While neither this book or anything will guarantee perfect parenting, it will provide some rules and guideline to give you the best statistical chance to raise a happy, healthy, and moral baby.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-24-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2010

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    Overall, I found this book to be very interesting and I will definitely be using the advice and suggestions that were provided. Some very good tips!

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    Joe Stewart Florida, Mo USA 06-10-11
    Joe Stewart Florida, Mo USA 06-10-11 Member Since 2012

    Live united !

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    "Read this book before your child turn 5 !"

    You want to listen this book. I did it two times and purchased hardcopy. John did tremendous job analysing all data and presenting it to you in form we can understand.

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    Chris W. 12-20-14
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    Exploding with good information and insights. It was a joy to listen to (twice so far). I would love to have had more examples of the rules applied in real life situations. Maybe a second book?...

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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.

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