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 showed 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. 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 chores. What you do when emotions run hot affects how your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe above all. TV is harmful for children under two. 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.
©2014 John J. Medina (P)2014 John J. Medina
"Dr. Medina hits the nail on the head with Brain Rules for Baby. We are always looking for ways to make our kids smarter, better, happier. Medina gives such practical, usable advice and tips." (Nina L. Shapiro, MD, UCLA School of Medicine)
"An engaging and fun-to-read translation of the best research on child development and effective parenting. I gave Dr. Medina's book to my own son." (Ginger Maloney, Ph.D, The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy)
"If you've no room for another brain-development title, weed an old one to make room for this. Covering such topics as pregnancy, relationships, and "moral" babies, the book will educate even the most learned parents. Medina's humorous, conversational style make this an absolute please to read." (Library Journal)
Entertaining and informative, the book lays down the basics of rasing happy and smart kids supported by science.
Useful, no nonsense, to the point and funny!
The author offer insights from both scientific research and personal parenting experience in an easy to listen to and entertaining book.
Really like John Medina, he uses good evidence based science (or as good as possible in his field) but makes it completely approachable to understand and even quite compelling listening. from the interesting information stems practical advise about how to raise your kid
Gives good scientific overview of what works what doesn't and what is inconclusive. A great enthusiastic read from a scientific father. Definitely worth the listen
I found the book very practical , convincing and Informative.As a new parent it answers a lot of questions I had in an analytic manner.
The title of the book probably is not apt and could be incorrectly interpreted as something aimed at a pushy parent .
Bought a hard copy as well for my wife!
Easy listening, can listen whilst doing jobs like building the nursery. Nice to a mans views on things for the dads
Where science meets parenting. Prof. Medina shares much more than just his research, yet keeping to well established facts, as well as sharing personal experiences.
This book is so helpful and reassuring. I highly recommend it for anyone thinking of having kids, expecting, or already with young children.
"The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend"
Science based advice.
Honestly, this book stands alone in a cesspool of snake oil sold as pregnancy and parenting advice. Medina’s book is baby 501. It’s all science. Everything he talks about has been published in a peer reviewed journal, and replicated by at least one other study that meets that same criteria. He shuts down a lot of the expensive bullshit, like Baby Einstein, and other scams to make babies smart.
I have not. Some reviewers of the audiobook don’t like Medina’s delivery. While it’s true he lacks the polish of professional narrators, he is a lecturer and has a huge passion for his work. I think that might be off putting to some that want the narration to be like an offensive lineman in football: doing its best work when no one notices. But I personally find Medina’s vigorous reading of his own material to be really great.
This is a science based book on how to raise a baby. Pathos really doesn't play a role in it.
I’ve seen some complaints that Medina meanders too much in his book rather than saving the reader time and getting to the point. I get that some parents are too busy to hear the how and why of Medina’s rules, they want quick instruction to best build their baby’s brain. But for me, I want more than just a set of instructions I’m taking on faith. I love hearing the specifics of the studies that form Medina’s rule set.
"New addition is not a good audio book"
The additions to this book were recorded independently and are in a tunnel
Buy the book not the audio book
Too many anecdotes by women and he raises his voice too much
sounds a little like monty python
no - please do not do this
I wish that I would have bough tthe book. It is a good book but a very bad audio book
"Great Content, Less Great Recording Quality"
The majority of this book is very well recorded, but during the later chapters portions of the author's recording take a noticeable and jarring dip in quality.
The content of the book is magnificent; I learned a great deal about important steps that can be taken to help my child better develop into a thriving adult.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone about to become a new parent.
"Fantastic insights, backed by science"
All the "brain rules" come with easy to understand examples which makes adopting the rules easier and quicker. The narration was engaging and easy to understand at x2 times the normal speed.
The empathy reflex and surrounding methods were really cool and unintuitive. Valuable lesson.
I love having the author narrate his/her own stuff. John Medina brings an engaging reading to this book and it's very enjoyable to listen to. I plowed through this book in two sittings while doing household work, much thanks to John's narration.
"Great info, bombastic reading"
The good info sometimes gets lost in the narration. He often sounds like Louis Black in one of his old diatribes from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The book contains lots of useful educational information.
I would recommend it to all parents including parents to be.
The only cons. Is the narrator , his performance was irritating. I was struggling through out the book with his performance but I wanted to keep listening because the book it self was very useful to me.
"I will read a 2nd time"
So much to learn and so much to remember, but I loved it! I am about to re-listen to it again.
"Best baby book"
I am now raising my third child, he is a year and a half. My oldest is 11. This book delivered the best information I've ever received for child development. I will definitely be buying the hard cover book as well as listen to this again. Based on science and not opinion. Brilliantly written and impeccable narrative delivery. Mr. Medina's voice was enjoyable to listen too. His passion for this subject was felt 100%. Thank you for this book.
"Understanding my children"
I was always taught that to better understand yourself and others to learn more about the components that make us human. I've learned so much from this book and have already implemented those things. It was not in the slightest bit boring, very entertaining. I didn't want to stop listening. Some areas of the book leave room for parents to determine their own idea of what is best. Overall, great book that can definitely make a difference in the way you decide to parent your children.
"Interesting and impactful- simplify the science behind parenting"
Madina dive into the world of parenting simplifying scientific concept in a ver practical way. I specifically gain more trust due to the disclaimers and guidelines that he layout rather than "harsh rules "
Strongly recommend for new or upcoming parents
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