Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

By John Medina

Narrated by John Medina
9 hours 26 minutes

What's the best way to raise a smart, happy child through age 5? Scientists know. Brain Rules for Baby offers parents facts – not just advice – in an engaging, practical way.

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 bestseller 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 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.

    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

    John Medina uses a very readable and refreshing style to present parenting strategies in the context of factual scientific information.

    Jadene Wong, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine

    About the Author

    John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School and an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was the founding director of two brain research institutes: the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, at Seattle Pacific University, and the Talaris Research Institute, a nonprofit organization originally focused on how infants encode and process information. Medina lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two boys.

    Reviews

    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

    Author

    Narrator
    John Medina

    ISBN
    9780996032629

    Length
    9 hours 26 minutes

    Language
    English

    Publisher
    Pear Press

    Publication Date

    Abridged
    No

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