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Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nuture your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence Paperback – January 1, 1999
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It helps parents feel assured that negative experiences will not be destined to cause permanent adversity. It helps parents feel less guilty about "failing" to expose their child to Beethoven in utero. And it helps parents understand a bit about why early intervention for emotional, behavioral, and anxiety issues may be very protective.
Readers will come away from reading this book with a vivid picture of how the brain's neurologic connections are always dynamic--for example, if you sit in a room and practice piano for hours and hours, the areas of your brain responsible will become very dense and enriched. If you then stop practicing, that area will "prune" and become less enriched. Of course, early childhood is a time when the brain is more ready to learn many skills (language, for example) and the book explains this, too. But ultimately its message is that we can all explore and experience new things at any time--a very positive message!
I use some of the concepts presented in this book to educate parents about development, parenting, nurturance, and enrichment. I use some of the concepts to help others understand the impact of child abuse, and traumatic early experiences.
I haven't utilized the appendices that recommend specific books and toys for enrichment--I really believe in following a child in this regard, and so I make more personal recommendations to parents than a book can really do.
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Perhaps one of the best bboks read before my twins were born and which helped me learn how to be a good father.Published 7 months ago by Francesco Bertoli
Disinterested book for me. I have read only 15 pages and their content have not told me anything new and interesting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MaMiMa
Excellent book especially for the first-time parent. I first read it as a recommended resource at an educator's conference. Have given it as a gift many times.Published on June 14, 2014 by C. Terry
The author spent most of the book pontificating on politics, and most of what she says I either already knew or disagreed with. Not useful to me.Published on February 16, 2014 by Molly Johnson
This book clearly explains how neurons develop (the magic trees) and how I can help my child's brain grow with the appropriate stimuli, and help her reach her full potential. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Susan J Grella
I was caught up in the information. Lots of information--more than i could absorb, but this is what I like in a book. Something new and deep for me.Published on January 22, 2013 by NCWA renewal attendee
Although I don't think I would go so far as to call this "required reading" it was still very enlightening and provided a lot of good information and advice. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by zrobbins