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Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five [Kindle Edition]

John Medina
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Book Description

What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? How much TV is OK for a baby? 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 bridges the gap between what scientists know and parents practice. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college? Teach them impulse control.

Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops. You will view your children--and how to raise them--in a whole new light.

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 to do when emotions run hot
The importance of your child’s ability to relate to others
Smart and happy are inseparable in the brain
The best predictor of academic performance
The only parenting style proven to produce great kids
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.

Editorial Reviews


"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

"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

"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

"We recommend this book to all of our new-parent groups. With a gift for storytelling, Dr. Medina marries the science with practical advice that helps make sense of it all. Sleep-deprived parents still find time to read Brain Rules for Baby and love it."
- Laura Kussick, Executive Director, Program for Early Parent Support

About the Author

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is the author of the long-running New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. Medina lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and two boys.

Product Details

  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983263302
  • Publisher: Pear Press (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067NCR1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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233 of 260 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain rules for minding your moppet March 11, 2011
By TopKev
Parents and caregivers strive daily to understand and support the development of their infant or young child. They feel that by having the infant listen to classical music while in the womb or providing a baby with toys and DVD's dedicated to making them academic all stars, they are setting their children up for future success. They feel helpless when a child seems to be crying uncontrollably or anxious when their youngster does not seem to develop at the same pace as that of a friend's child. Almost all struggle with the cognitive thought processes and emotional development of a child and feel helpless when they are not sure how to respond to certain scenarios. Enter John J. Medina's book "Brain Rules for Baby, How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five" as a guidebook for success.
Doctor John Medina, a famed developmental molecular biologist, tackles many of the issues that parents face dealing with the raising of small children. He lists five separate areas for discussion: pregnancy, relationship with the spouse, smart baby, happy baby, and moral baby and has identified twenty-two brain rules that parents should understand and follow if they desire to raise a healthy and well-adjusted child. Though it may seem daunting to read a book written by a scientist, Medina keeps the technical vernacular to a minimum and utilizes many stories from Internet blogs and his own experiences as a father of two boys.
The book begins with a look at the development of the child in the womb, with a preponderance of the information covering the physical and emotional development of the child. Medina dispels many of the myths associated with the purchase of brain enhancement devices and provides a general description of how a baby steps through the processes of development.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What We Needed... January 10, 2012
As expecting parents, we've been barraged by information and advice regarding how we should parent a child, both in pregnancy and after birth. Navigating through all of the slush to get at some good, hard facts about how babies actually "work" quite simply takes more time than we have to spend. In an ideal world, we'd love to get our hands on the original studies and gain a complete understanding of what academics, physicians, and research institutions know, don't know, and don't quite know yet about infant and child development. But without that option, we found Brain Rules for Baby to be exactly the sort of book we were looking for. Medina draws on research from diverse fields and distills the findings into concise, practical conclusions that are often accompanied by short personal illustrations and funny anecdotes. He then expounds on not only what the research means, but also what it doesn't mean - which to us was just as important. There are a lot of truths floating out there that need confirmation, but also a lot of myths that need breaking. We highly recommend this book to parents, grandparents, childcare workers, or anyone else who has or will have a significant role in a baby's life.
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149 of 179 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great September 27, 2011
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I bought this book to understand what I can do to help the mental development of my four month old daughter. I was looking for information such as the type of play or toys that would be most stimulating for her. The book didn't provide me with many new and implementable ideas (e.g., the small section on play is irrelevant until she is fully communicating). The best thing I took away was 'absolutely no TV before the age of two'.

What I liked:
1. The book is well researched and enjoyable to read. The author provides references and strikes a good balance between mentioning details of the studies and maintaining readability for the average parent.

2. I liked the very high-level organization of the book: What makes a baby smart? What makes him happy? What makes him 'moral'? A lot of emphasis is usually put on smarts, and recently a little more on 'Emotional Intelligence', but highlighting and addressing all three aspects was valuable.

3. The book debunks some myths that can save you time and money and your baby from some boredom (e.g., no 'Baby Einstein' / 'Baby Mozart')

What I didn't like:
1. The proof reading quality of the Kindle edition is embarrassing. There are numerous punctuation mistakes (e.g., 80% of the open quote marks are never closed) and some spelling errors. Not only is the book less readable as a result, it also feels very low quality. Is the book not worth a proper proofing?

2. The author seems to have had a hard time organizing the content. The top level breakdown (smart/happy/moral) works, as does the next level (genetics vs. upbringing), but further sub-sections are inconsistent and have overlaps.
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55 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit pedestrian March 25, 2011
By Vivimom
There are many books out on the market akin to "Brain Rules for Baby", and I found this book to be rather pedestrian in its approach. For example, the author pulls many of his teaching points from an Internet site where parents write about their woes. Most of the concepts taught in the book are not new and are found in other books, which I found to be better referenced, written with scientific examples, and generally more interesting. I preferred "Nurtureshock" by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, and "What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life" by Lise Eliot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must-read!
Published 1 month ago by Vanja B
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Published 1 month ago by Leigh Ann Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
awesome book to see how babies brains works. highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing book, a must for any new parent. Very practical in what you can do to help your child reach their potential and be happy.
Published 1 month ago by riaan botha
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but read Nurture Shock instead
I enjoyed this book and liked how the author organized the information. I would certainly recommend this for parents because it has a lot of good information about a baby's brain... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KStar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Great ideas.
Published 2 months ago by Shiva's Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars The best gift you can give your child - good parenting!
Made a huge difference for us! This is actually based on some cutting-edge research which is well-supported and documented, but the book was very accessible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennafer Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great pop culture book on developmental psychology. John Medina also has a corresponding website that is useful.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest, far from the worst
I have seen many comments on the authors style of writing that are not so friendly. I read the first brain rules and then this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Googoogjoob
5.0 out of 5 stars e=mc²
This is a great common sense book. A lot of the information are things that I may have thought from time to time but it is good to have it all together in one book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mom in arizona
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John Medina, author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules" and the national bestseller "Brain Rules for Baby," is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate professor of bioegineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.


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