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"This book is a must read for parents who want to make the most of their child’s educational journey...approachable, practical and ultimately indispensible." -Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries.

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Linda Morgan is an award-winning reporter and editor. She resides near Seattle, where she authors a monthly education column and appears regularly on Seattle’s NBC affiliate station, KING.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Parent Map (February 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982345429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982345429
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beyond Smart is a great resource for parents of kids of all ages. The topics cover birth, toddlers, kindergarten readiness, school dilemmas, social issues, being an advocate for your child, math & science, learning to love writing and public speaking, and how to make the most of school vacations. There is also a great list of parenting resources in the back of the book that are super valuable.

It is well written and easy to read. Linda gets right to the point and offers real tips that you can use right away. I will definitely recommend this to all my mommy friends and give it as a teacher gift this year. You can read it cover to cover or use it as a resource when you need specific help. You can literally read for 10 minutes and have a good sense of what you want to do differently or how to approach an issue that you are dealing with.

I read two great parenting books this year that really made me stop and think - Beyond Smart: Boosting Your Child's Social, Emotional, and Academic Potential by Morgan and NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Bronson and Merryman. Both are well researched and present the latest findings from a body of evidence, which I appreciate because I don't have time to pour over the data and figure out what is legit or not. What I love about Beyond Smart is that it goes even further than Nurture Shock to give you lots of practical tips for how to incorporate the findings into your life in a way that is manageable and doesn't make you feel guilty.

Definitely order the book and pass it around! This is one parenting book that will stay on my bookshelf and get some use for many years to come.
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Although a short book, Beyond Smart is packed full of helpful, actionable advice. It is well organized. The best part is that Linda Morgan has compiled resources from many aspects of the child research spectrum. Whether you've read a lot or a little on childrearing and education, you can get a good overview or fill in the gaps. I personally was very surprised at the number of contributers that I had heard of (I didn't realized I was becoming so well-read!) Some of my favorites interviewed for the book include Patricia Kuhl PhD (Co-director U of WA - Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences), Nancy Robinson (professor emerita of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at U of WA), Joan Almon (Alliance for Childhood) and even Alice Waters.

Each Chapter Contains:
Discussion by Morgan of the topic
A few "Tips" boxes to help you apply the knowledge
Q&A with a couple experts in the field
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Beyond Smart is one of the best parenting books I have read! Valuable easy to access parenting tips, Q & A with notable parenting experts from brain researchers to the anti-homework advocate Alfie Kohn make this a must read for young parents and educators as well. I particularly appreciated the focus this book has on social & emotional development. I have recommended Beyond Smart to many of my fellow young moms who will be able to easily read this book regardless of their busy lives. One gets the gift of truly learning from various experts many ways to better understand, guide, parent, and enjoy your child.
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Having read a number of parenting books, I can say that Beyond Smart is clearly one of the best. It's a surprisingly quick read but filled with useful information. I especially like the "Tips" sections which give concrete suggestions for dealing with real issues. I plan to consult some of the resources provided at the back of the book. It looks like a thoughtful resource list.
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Really interesting book. It's packed with the latest recommendations from tons of experts. Information is presented in plain language - definitely easy to read. It's a fairly short book because Morgan sticks to the point (concise rather than verbose like some other parenting books I've read). There is a lot of information presented on each page. I can see myself going back to the book again and again and using it more like a resource guide. Fascinating to hear what the experts are saying on a variety of topics - many addressing the needs of older children.
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