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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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    Bridget Sullivan Brisbane, Australia 29/05/2017
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    "The best parenting book I've found!"
    What did you like most about Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)?

    Current information that has been synthesised from a wide range of quality research. Engaging delivery too. A must 'read' for all parents, (grandparents and teachers would benefit too).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anette 26/01/2017
    Anette 26/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    I'll be listening to this one again as there are so many great tips and anecdotes in this book. We'll read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick 28/07/2016
    Nick 28/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Must listen for all new parents."

    Practical and well researched book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will refer to it again and again and again in my journey of parenting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    clinton 27/04/2016
    clinton 27/04/2016
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    "Must read for parents"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Erik
    Washington, D.C.
    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
    NEW YORK, NY, US
    9/11/14
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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 12 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
  • K. DuBose
    PA
    19/06/17
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    "worth reading and re-reading!"

    Insightful, numerous and invaluable resource. Following the suggestions given by the author can not only help you raise happy, moral, intelligent children, but also help you be a better person. The narrator was awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MTJ7
    14/06/17
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    "It's everything I wanted"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author presented data. He never presented his opinion. He did say what he did with his children but was always sure to convey that his way wasn't necessarily the best. He was very objective and thorough. I would highly recommend this to any new parent who is genuinely excited to learn about what's going on in their child's brain. I will certainly take a lot of this with me on my parenting journey.


    What aspect of John Medina’s performance would you have changed?

    I'd have him pull the throttle back a little on his child imitations and other exaggerations with the anecdotes. It felt weird.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though the anecdotes supporting some of the rules seemed to be contrived to the point of eye rolling (with me saying "yea right" out loud many times), it didn't distort the message. It was only slightly annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BiscuitB
    5/06/17
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    "Get the book. You won't regret it"

    packed full of great information. I'll most likely listen to it again during my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay Billings
    2/06/17
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    "Great book for a new dad"

    This is a great book for a new dad, very quick to read or listen to, and well written.

    0 of 0 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
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  • Georgi Vladkov Petkov
    18/04/16
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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
  • amphy
    9/12/16
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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
  • smithpaddy
    26/10/16
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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
  • samantha
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    9/01/16
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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
  • Suleyman Cenan Batur
    19/06/17
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    "Pure magic"

    Great book, even better narration from the author. A must for everyone to be able to decode humans from birth onwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. Ambler
    UK
    4/05/17
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    19/04/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suraj Kurian
    19/04/17
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • liane0000
    2/04/17
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FTF
    29/03/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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