This is an exceptionally helpful book for all parents that wish to understand why and how we can take an active role in boosting our child's cognitive intellegence. It is easy to understand and includes solid research supporting a variety of practical suggestions that parents and teachers can use at home and at school. This book gives specific ways parents can positively affect a child's thinking ability and general intelligence. Although it is never too late to nurture a child's mind, getting started in the early years can help a child form an excellent working mind that will maintain "that edge" throughout his life. Along with this book, if you have young children (aged 2-5), I highly recommend "The Pocket Parent." This book will help parents discipline and communicate more positively which in turn nurtures the development of a child's character, self-esteem and understanding of right and wrong (conscience). So if you are wanting to raise a brighter, more compliant, sensative preschooler while maintaining the dignity of both parent and child, get both books. Neither book is written in a condescending, "holier than thou" tone. The authors offer loads of suggestions that may work for you and your child, while avoiding pressure on the children as well as anxiety and guilt on the parents.