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Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) Audiobook

Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): 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 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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Georgi Vladkov Petkov 18/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Obligatory reading for parents"

    Entertaining and informative, the book lays down the basics of rasing happy and smart kids supported by science.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    amphy 09/12/2016
    amphy 09/12/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Useful, no nonsense, to the point and funny! Great book!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    smithpaddy 26/10/2016
    smithpaddy 26/10/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "really interesting and practical"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samantha BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom 09/01/2016
    samantha BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom 09/01/2016
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    "Great step into parenting right from pregnancy"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. J. Ambler UK 04/05/2017
    Mr. J. Ambler UK 04/05/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Superb book"

    We're about to have our first kid, and having been involved with early years kids for about ten years, thought I had it covered. Nope!
    So much wonderful stuff (if you're expecting, just get it!)
    There were a couple of times that the performance was a little weird- the recording quality changed from crisp and clear to 'recorded on an iPhone' inexplicably so one star docked

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    Thomas 19/04/2017
    Thomas 19/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A great "owner's manual" for any parent"

    A set of research based rules for parents, who want to make some sense of the upcoming challenges of parenting.

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    Suraj Kurian 19/04/2017
    Suraj Kurian 19/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book ."

    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!

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    liane0000 02/04/2017
    liane0000 02/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny and interesting, great ideas thoughts based on research."

    Easy listening, can listen whilst doing jobs like building the nursery. Nice to a mans views on things for the dads

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    FTF 29/03/2017
    FTF 29/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Where science meets parenting"

    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.

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    Ms. S. J. Richter Ramsey, UK 23/02/2017
    Ms. S. J. Richter Ramsey, UK 23/02/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Essential"

    This book is so helpful and reassuring. I highly recommend it for anyone thinking of having kids, expecting, or already with young children.

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  • Erik
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    14/08/15
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    "The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend"
    If you could sum up Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) in three words, what would they be?

    Science based advice.


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of John Medina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is a science based book on how to raise a baby. Pathos really doesn't play a role in it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ronald E. Newlon
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    09/11/14
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    "New addition is not a good audio book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The additions to this book were recorded independently and are in a tunnel


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to and why?

    Buy the book not the audio book


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

    Too many anecdotes by women and he raises his voice too much
    sounds a little like monty python


    Could you see Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no - please do not do this


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that I would have bough tthe book. It is a good book but a very bad audio book

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • NerfHerder42
    Illinois, USA
    31/03/16
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    "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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    19/09/16
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    "Baby book for nerds"

    Loved the practical applications and information offered. As my wife and I read more and more baby books I truly appreciate evidence and data behind the information. Medina is entertaining throughout his reading and makes it easy to see which parts he is truly passionate about it. Smart book that I strongly recommend to those who want to understand why not every option works for every baby. Makes so much sense not just for babies but my day to day interactions with adults.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    17/05/15
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    "Fantastic insights, backed by science"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)?

    The empathy reflex and surrounding methods were really cool and unintuitive. Valuable lesson.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bryndel
    Salt Lake City, UT, United States
    25/05/17
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    "Must Listen"

    It seems as though this book would be helpful to parents and non parents alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    San Francisco
    16/05/17
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    "interesting points to pay attention to"

    the book brings up some points to pay attention to that seem common sense but it's always nice to have sine science and data to back it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    10/05/17
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    "a must read!"

    loved how structured and logical the book is and that it reviews chapters and at the end provides some practical tips on how to use research in daily parenting life. as a new mom it was revealing interestin to find out tahat marital satisfaction in a 1st year with a kid drops significantly (which I had happen, and it seems that nobody talks about it) and what to do about it..happy marriage = happy and smart kid

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ginae
    09/05/17
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    "Great advice with scientific data to back it up"

    I loved this book, not just a bunch of opinions. Has actual data tested with the scientific method to give me ease of mind. This paired of with other like books has made me feel so much more prepared for how unprepared I am.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    05/05/17
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    "Helpful and practical"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) the most enjoyable?

    I have kids and are expecting more, so this book is super practical and I can see some of its points in the interactions with my own kids.


    Any additional comments?

    Parenting is hard stuff, and there's lots of books out there, but this one is worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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