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Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. [Paperback]

John Medina
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19 Jan 2012
In his "New York Times" bestseller, "Brain Rules", John Medina showed us how our brains really work. Now, in "Brain Rules for Baby", he reveals what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children. It will be a must-read for every parent. What's the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child's brain? What's the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know. In his "New York Times" bestseller "Brain Rules", Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work - and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in "Brain Rules for Baby", he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. "Brain Rules for Baby" bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, it unravels how a child's brain develops - and what you can do to optimize it. You will view your children - and how to raise them - in a whole new light. You'll learn: where nature ends and nurture begins; why men should do more household chores; and, what you do when emotions run hot affects how your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe above all. TV is harmful for children under 2. Your child's ability to relate to others predicts her future math performance. Smart and happy are inseparable. Pursuing your child's intellectual success at the expense of his happiness achieves neither. Praising effort is better than praising intelligence.

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Pear Press (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983263302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983263302
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Medina hits the nail on the head with 'Brain Rules for Baby.' We are always looking for ways to make our kids smarter, better, happier. Medina gives such practical, usable advice and tips." - 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

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is the author of the long-running New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. Medina lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.

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5.0 out of 5 stars First the audiobook then the book 25 Mar 2013
By Dr.B
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First we enjoyed the audiobook during a long car ride and were so impressed by the way John Medina is conveying his messages that we decided to buy the book as well. It is the perfect mix between confirmed scientific insights, common sense, and his own experiences. Highly recommended for first-time parents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 6 Feb 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable read...excellent practical tips along with the science behind them. Very readable and a great part at the end to summarise all the practical suggestions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 27 Aug 2013
By Monica
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Great book! I was looking for a scientific approach to raising kids and this is definitely it! Plus it's really well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 24 Jun 2014
Everyone should read this book. Answers lots of questions and it's very easy to read. I would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! 10 May 2014
By Sblig
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This was not what I thought it was going to be at all and completely exceeded my expectations. A fantastically good read, well out together and makes you think, challenge and change your approach and behaviour to benefit your child. What more could you want? Read it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever read!!! 19 Mar 2014
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I don't think I have ever enjoyed a book like this one. It is so informative and extremely well written that I have recommended it to all my friends. I know it is a book about "babies", but everyone should read this book to have a better understanding of human species.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important concepts, easily explained 29 Dec 2013
By Simon L
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Raising a socially adept, well-adjusted child requires the parents to pay attention to their own behaviours and how they interact with their child. The psychology of the process may be intuitive but not obvious. The author provides an amiable and engaging breakdown of the core principles at play, and in keeping with the theme of the book, the reader is left imprinted with healthy behavioural policies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 1 Sep 2013
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A very interesting and enlightening book. It uses simple language to explain complex notions and provides very useful advice. A must-read for all parents-to-be who want to take their new role seriously and try to help their child take full advantage of his/her potential.
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