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Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ up to 30 Points Hardcover – September 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Road Books (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767923014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767923019
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Perlmutter, a neurologist and physician, helps parents utilize that "brief window of opportunity in a child's life when parents can help create a brain that is built for optimal performance." Some of the book's advice ought to be common knowledge—establish a healthy diet, avoid toxins and limit television and video games—but Perlmutter's detailed guidelines take the guesswork out of smart parenting. Even more helpful is the inclusion of several simple, age-appropriate games that parents can play with their small children to help them develop the skills they will need, without resorting to dull test-and-drills (which, he argues, stifle creativity). Perlmutter offers clear solutions to real-life childhood issues that can affect the brain (such as food allergies, ear infections and the overdiagnosed ADHD) without preaching or talking down to parents who may be overwhelmed by the conflicting advice of doctors, psychiatrists and the media. The book's intuitive structure, helpful graphs and lists, and a comprehensive appendix supports this information in a hands-on, accessible form. (Sept.)
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Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten is a revolutionary guide to optimal childhood development. Dr. Perlmutter provides parents the everyday tools they need to give their children the best possible start in life, and actionable recommendations to put them on the road to success.”
—Andrew Weil, M.D.

“Dr. David Perlmutter has been a leading–edge neurologist for years and this book contains information that every parent needs to know.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause

Give your child a head start that will last a lifetime, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten should be required reading for all new parents.”
—Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute

“If it were up to me, every hospital and obstetrician would be required to provide a copy of this book to every new set of parents.”
Bernie Siegel, M.D.

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The book is very informative and is such an easy read.
M. Myers
It is really reassuring to know what things can help my child and what can hamper him.
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I would recommend that all parents or infants or expecting parents read this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dolf M / @dolfer on July 29, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. There is plenty of excellent information on how to raise your own little Einstein. In a nutshell, Dr David Perlmutter (a renowned neurologist) believes that from the ages of 0 to 5 there exists a window of opportunity to optimize your child's brain. He claims 30+ additional IQ points can be earned during these critical, formative years.

Dr Perlmutter provides solid advice on nutrition, environment, games, TV, computers, video games, and more.

Some of my favorites:

* Start using a computer at age 3
* Formal music training can begin at age 4
* Video games and TV are not evil! (As long as they are controlled by the parent!)
* Focus on the creative and not repetitive, robotic memorization.
* Stay away from things such as DEET and other environmental toxins
* Go organic
* Daily multivitamin and supplements

It is slightly tacky that Perlmutter *occasionally* mentions his own brand of supplements. However, I am not sure that any competing formulations exist. Nonetheless, I will forgive him this slight negative. No biggie...

I highly recommend "Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten". Every parent should read this NOW so that they can take complete advantage of this five year window of opportunity. Your child will thank you!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Liu on October 23, 2006
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I've looked at a ton of books during my pregnancy, and of all of them, the two most useful, helpful ones so far are What to Expect When You're Expecting and this book, Raise A Smarter Child by Kindergarten. I think that I will return to this book again and again. In chapter 3 alone, there are over 30 activities to do with your child, with clear explanation of what to do as well as how it helps your child. The author's narrative throughout the book is not preachy and he acknowledges his own bias, but presents clear, factual support. This was definitely not money wasted (especially since at the bookstores you pay retail!).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael McDonnell on September 26, 2006
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Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten is perhaps the most comprehensive book I've ever seen relating to enhancing our children's intelligence and paving the way for their future success. Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, not only provides the activities, lifestyle recommendations anf nutritional information to build a better brain, but he goes so far as to claim that as many as 30 IQ points are up for grabs and provides the hard core science to back it up. He shows us not only how to treat ADHD without medication, but more importantly, how we can easily prevent it in the first place. His unique schedule for immunizations is especially helpful. This is very important read for all parents and future parents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cloudy on May 15, 2007
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I was a bit put off by the tittle of the book at the start, thinking that it might be another one of those miracle recipes for having a brainy child. But I decided to give it a try, after reading the other reviews. Well, I'm frankly surprised not many people actually commented on this book. It's excellent! There is a load of information, all backed up with studies and scientific proof. The book is nicely organized and it was really refreshing that there is actually real practical advice on just about everything, from food to great toys that will get your baby's brain work that extra mile. You just can't go wrong with this.

I didn't give 5 stars to this book because I was really annoyed by Dr. Perlmutter's advertisements of his own products and vitamin supplements through out the book... it just makes it feel like he's looking to grab some extra bucks from you... I mean, seriously, the logo on those supplements is his own face. Creepy, huh.

Anyhow, still a great reference book and I would recommend it to anyone soon to be parent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. King on November 9, 2006
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I am still reading this book and have been intrigued with the level of research, resources and information included in the text. It's written in a way that will educate and motivate parents or caregivers to take an active part in their children's development. Even though it's written by a neurologist, it's not overwhelming to interpret. It's a MUST read for parents; an excellent resource for parents of kids ages 0-Kindergarten.
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I sent this to my daughter in the hopes she would read the sections about TV watching and small children (not a good idea) and get some ideas for things she could do to increase the learning of my two granddaughters. I love that Amazon.com makes it so easy to send books and gifts directly to another place so economically. I read it from the library and thought it well laid out and presented so that it would be accessible to any parent or caregiver of small children/babies. I just hope she reads it.
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By M. Myers on April 16, 2007
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I am almost finished reading this book and I am LOVING it. As a first time expectant mom, I cherish the straight-forward advice that seems so easy to apply. The book is very informative and is such an easy read. The author provides tons of realistic tools and suggestions for helping to enhance your child's cognitive development. I can't wait to put everything I'm learning to use on my little one!
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Perlmutter is a neuroscientist who is an epigentics expert. His advice is simple but resonates with me because he stresses the importance of values and free access to the imagination instead do more have more as is the norm in the US today due to the mediat influence.
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