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Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 12, 2010
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This book is outstanding; the author is based on serious studies about brain development, and guides the reader through very consistent points of view about what is likely to be good for your child and what's just meant to be a money-making strategy ( for instance, those flashing cards or "iq raising" dvds).
I loved the way he puts the topics: he refrains from writing his own opinion. He prefers scientific evidence instead, based on multicentric studies, historical observations , nutritional evidences. At the same time, the book is not radical or narrow minded, it gives space for each parent to choose their own education, but guided by those principles.
And the best part of all, he proves , quoting many scientific researches, that the most important thing for the brain development of any child is their parent's love, support, and learning to have friends and self-control. Not being forced to being a "know-it-all" child.
A must have for every parent. Excellent!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an educational specialist and in addition have a BA in child development. I read several books on early parenting looking for one to share with my husband as we are expecting... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melissa Martin
You are a bad parent if you don't read this.
The book is not perfect, but it really does have lots of information that you need to maximize your chance of raising a... Read more
I've read a number of baby books. This one is easy to read, well written and based in scientific support. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Mayne