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)
Great audiobook full of simple tools and techniques for raising kids. For me it is about raising your self awareness of your parenting style. Excellent resources available on the website to back up your learning
"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 heads up for everyone"
Very practical and useful information. The audio switches to a lower quality about 5% of the time, but if you can ignore it, it's a perfect book.
"Overall, very good."
This book has solid tips for raising a happy and productive member of society. It was thick in certain places, but overall it had great advice and was worth the listen.
"Condescending, Depressing, Inaccurate"
For starters, the author states that his children were raised by a nanny, so he really has no idea what day-to-day life raising children is like. His theories are the standard black-and-white/ do-everything-my way-or-your-children-will-be-ruined approach to parenting advise book. He actually says he knew a kid who killed himself and the kid's parents were awful! We don't need this kind of negativity! I thought this book would be guided by new science but he generally sites one study for a whole principle and many of his studies are over 50 years old - the fields of psychology and neuroscience are really only ~100 years old this would be like referencing medical texts from the middle ages! This person is arrogant ignorant and judgmental - the worst combination, when you are searching for answers- look somewhere else; this will stress you out and teach you nothing applicable.
The narrator had an obvious disdain for women, especially those who are overweight... my eyes just about popped out of my head when I heard the tone he used for FAT women (making their children stupider by being FAT) over and over... wow
"A must listen for parents"
excellent. You can probably skip the first chapter on myths, it was a little annoying and he goes through them all later in the book witch contains loads of helpful information
"Practical, engaging and thought provoking."
This book is great at providing depth if content, being engagingly accessible and brushing the gap between theory and application. The heart and passion of the author comes through in his own reading of this book.
"The only Baby book you need to read"
I truly enjoyed this book and am recommending it to all the new parents in my circle. The content is insightful, practical and easy to follow and importantly is backed by scientific research - no guessing. The narration is captivating. The summary at the end is just what a parent needs to refer back to.
"Obligatory reading for parents"
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! 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.
"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
"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
This book is so helpful and reassuring. I highly recommend it for anyone thinking of having kids, expecting, or already with young children.
"Excellent, a must listen!"
I loved this! Really interesting listen and great objective, evidenced based, advice. Very well read by the author, he is engaging and humorous.
"Insightful and full of tips"
The book starts a bit slow with things which have been shares way too many times before but quickly transitions into the core which is that a child developing is not simply a human developing but most of all developing its heart and emotional intelligence. Strong recommend.
"excellent. really enjoyed it and a great resource"
thoroughly enjoyable with lots of facts and real life examples. comforting knowledge which shall be used with our child when born. lots of reasons to dip back in to the book as a resource for many months
"Very helpful and I highly recommend"
Very well written, easy to follow and make everything make sense! Wish I got it before giving birth, but having the audio version means I can listen whilst walking out with the baby.
"Wish i listened to it earlier. Will listen again."
The guidelines and framework proposed is already proving worthwhile. Great to have some reasoning and science behind recommendations
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