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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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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Road Books (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767923014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767923019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Torres on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've really enjoyed reading this book, and I've told several other "Mom" friends about it also. The book is very informative and an easy read, I particularly enjoyed the section on diet and keeping your child in a "clean living" environment (as in pesticide and solvent free, etc.). However, several of the things the author (a doctor) suggests are to advanced for the age range he places them in, or are extremely difficult to achieve. The author does a wonderful job explaining how to create/play games with your infant or toddler, but often times the games are simply to abstract for small child or especially a 6-18 month old baby. For example, one of the games suggested consists of flashcards with colored shapes on them to help your child with memory, thus improving math skills. This may be great for an older child, but for an infant? Try giving a teething infant a flashcard and you will quickly see that it goes in their mouth and not into the memory part of their brain as the book implies. As for giving a 16 month old flashcards; unless your child is sedentary, don't expect them to sit down and really attempt to study a card with a triangle on it. The other aspects of the book I found unrealistic came from the diet and vitamin suggestions and the guidelines on certain types of plastics. While the book was excellent at discussing the need for organic, natural, and pesticide free foods, don't expect to follow the doctor's diet list with ease. Any parent knows that things like Kidney Beans and Pumkin Seeds aren't usually baby's favorite meal. Lastly, this books cautions greatly about the hazards of a certain type of plastic (not BPA) that is often found in MOST toys. Is it great to be aware of this type of plastic: YES.Read more ›
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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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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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I carefully followed many suggestions in this book and have successfully raised a VERY bright boy. How much is nature vs. nurture? Unknown. How much is attributable to involved parenting (involved parents raise smarter kids, but is it because they read more? or because they care more?)? Again, unknown. But in a world that is filling up with children with emotional problems, brain miswiring, allergies, and mysterious illnesses, my child is smart, loving, healthy, social, drug-free, and free of ADHD. Personally I attribute this to breast-feeding, avoidance of BPA (and other toxins), focusing on good nutrition (lots of organics), carefully monitored tv viewing (i.e., mostly educational, commercial-free programming), and lots and lots of talking, reading, and game playing. This book helped me start my child off right, and I will always be grateful to its author.
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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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