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Brain Rules for Baby Audiobook

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child 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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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 09-09-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 09-09-13 Member Since 2017

    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 09-06-13
    J. Larson 09-06-13 Member Since 2016

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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!


    Any additional comments?

    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 Member Since 2016
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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. <br/><br/>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.

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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.


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    Susan Wellingtion, New Zealand 01-07-13
    Susan Wellingtion, New Zealand 01-07-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Kelly San Diego, CA, United States 09-05-12
    Kelly San Diego, CA, United States 09-05-12
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    "Definitely one to keep for future re-listening"

    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.

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    jb0017 Los Angeles, CA 08-06-12
    jb0017 Los Angeles, CA 08-06-12
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    "Fantastic parenting advice everyone needs to know"

    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.

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    Andrew Sacher New York, NY 06-22-12
    Andrew Sacher New York, NY 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Clearly exaggerated science and storytelling"
    What would have made Brain Rules for Baby better?

    This book claims to be scientific but clearly exaggerates by not using studies that control for things like parents education. It very much exaggerates the effect of things like watching tv or breast feeding. These things are probably bad and good respectively but the plausible effects are 2 not 10 iq points. I also foun the performance o be over dramatic and annoying. It just wasn't as funny or dramatic as the reading.


    What didn’t you like about John Medina’s performance?

    Too dramatic and the guy always seemed mor amused than the writing deserved


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    Amazon Customer 05-07-12
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    "Excellent Info for new parents"

    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!

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