Brain Rules for Baby

Brain Rules for Baby

How to Raise A Smart and Happy Child From Zero to Five

Book - 2014
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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, 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
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
The best predictor of academic performance is not
IQ. It's self-control
What you do right now--before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years--will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Pear Press, [2014]
Edition: Second edition, updated and expanded edition.
ISBN: 9780983263388
Branch Call Number: 649.1 MEDINA J
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Brain research gives weight to the advice offered by the author, who is both a doctor and parent. Medina delves into the nature and nurture of different parenting topics. Wondering about screen time, how to raise a happy baby, how to raise a smart baby? Many answers can be found here along with r... Read More »

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Dec 19, 2019

Really this should be given out at the hospital for new parents.

Nov 27, 2015

This is great book for expecting and new parents. Very informative and helpful for raising happy kids whose potentials are flourished and nurtured. A must read.

May 02, 2015

This book is an amazing parenting book! It is so interesting, well-written, and full of insights that will help any parent. It is very well-balanced with practical wisdom. My children are 1,4, and 6. My 6 year old is technically out of the range for this book, but I learned things that have helped with his age. Many of the areas spoken of in the book are things that I do already, but I found areas that I have overlooked. I highly recommend this book!

WCLSNorthForkLibrary Mar 03, 2015

This book is amazing!!! Babies are sooooooo smart and this book gives science backed evidence on how to make your baby even smarter :)


Benevolentspaceman Aug 14, 2014

One of the best parenting books out there. Based on science not just opinion this book is a must have for those about to have a baby.

ksoles Oct 30, 2013

Brain scientist John Medina has a refreshing aptitude for making neurology accessible to the general public. In "Brain Rules for Baby," he argues that one's behaviour as a parent in the child's first five years of life "profoundly influences how she or he will behave as an adult."

Medina cites seven ingredients of intelligence, starting with the two basics: memory and improvisation, or, the ability to record information and the capacity to adapt that information to different situations. A desire to explore, self-control, creativity, verbal communication and decoding nonverbal communication round out his definition. Starting with pregnancy, Medina identifies four keys to encourage baby's brain development: appropriate weight gain, good nutrition, moderate exercise and low stress levels. From there, he advocates for a year of breastfeeding, talking to your baby frequently, engaging in open-ended play, and taking care to praise effort over IQ.

Medina then turns to happiness, another elusive term, which psychologist Daniel Gilbert breaks down into three aspects: emotional happiness, moral happiness and judgmental happiness. Behaviours that predict happiness include satisfying relationships, performing altruistic acts, displaying gratitude, sharing experiences with a loved one and practising forgiveness. Raising a happy child primarily involves teaching him/her to socialize effectively, displaying emotional regulation and empathy. How? By creating a demanding by warm parenting style, by feeling comfortable with your own emotions, by unobtrusively keeping track of how your child feels and by verbalizing emotions.

Considered individually, Medina's "rules" may seem like no-brainers but his synthesis of information paints a complete, comprehensive picture of best practices in child-rearing. Crucially, he even reminds us that healthy spousal relationships also play a major role in raising a smart, happy child. Beware of sleep loss, social isolation and unequal workload and strive to communicate openly and empathetically.

Jun 19, 2012

This is the best parenting book I've come across by far. I appreciated Medina's scientific approach, blended with humor and understanding. It was exactly what I was looking for. Concrete examples of things you should and shouldn't do to help you baby grow into the happy kind of child and adult people enjoy being around.

I heard people in my PEPS group talk about the chapter on relationships and had to stop myself from rolling my eyes. Yeah, like some scientist is really going to give me profound relationship advice that I don't think I need in a book about baby brain development. Well, it was probably my favorite chapter of the whole book and I found myself in tears a few times because of just how true his words are.

If you only read one book about how to raise a child, this should be it!

Nov 25, 2011

Fantastic parenting book with lots of simple and practical tips based on research. I was more interested in the happy child information but, apparently, if you have a happy child you will have a smart child too!

Sep 23, 2011

This book is really easy to read and provides you with great information. It gives you a lot of practical ideas that you can implement with your children.


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