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Publisher Description

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.

John Medina
hr min
November 3
Pear Press

Customer Reviews

ClearlyHazed ,

Just what I was looking for

If you are looking for a book of actual neurological and behavioral studies than this is the right book for you. It's not full of opinions and specialist's advice. Just research that help you understand the mental development of your child.

BTL2000 ,

To scientific, not enough parenting tild

This book is essentially a summary of a bunch of scientific articles about brain development, with a focus on child brain development. It’s not all that helpful for parenting for several reasons. For example: First, whatever behavior discussed doesn’t really have a high success rate, only marginal. Like, if you do X, then studies show that there is a 40% chance your child will grow up wealthy. Second, it can take 20 minutes of technical explanation on how the human brain develops during pregnancy, neurons etc, to get the point across that it’s not healthy for the mom to have a lot of stress during pregnancy. We don’t need 20 minutes explaining the various studies that determined the causal link between stress and brain development. Just say that it’s unhealthy for the mom to have stress. I gave the audio book three stars because the voice actor is pretty good even though the material is boring.

MaggieBucica ,

Amazing book for expecting mothers and beyond

I have read this book when my daughter was 19 months old and wish I did this when I was pregnant. Its a great educational book for parents with great outcomes for your kids. Loved the book and would recommend it yo all new parents or parents to be.

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