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  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (667 ratings)

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By: John Medina
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Summary

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 best seller 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 two. 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.

©2014 John J. Medina (P)2014 John J. Medina

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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)
"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)

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Amazing book

Soo many great insights and tips. Not just for new parents!
Would recommend to all new parents.

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Brilliant book for any new parent

The book is very easy to follow, offers practical advice based on scientific research.

Like the fact that it addresses different ages and stages of childhood.

Thanks Dr.John!

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Amazing tool to improve you parenting skill set

I consider myself a man's man but as a parent I want to be the best I can. I wasn't expecting to get as much out of this book as I did, I'm so glad I read it.
A really great book full of practical advice backed by real life and scientific experience. Makes you assess how you parent your child and understand how you improve your parenting technique. As a dad to a very sensitive daughter and vet rambunctious son i found it invaluable for both.

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Great book

This was a great book I am a father of a 1 year old boy and have taken so much away from this book. I will defiantly be listening again

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Science backed research makes you think

Well researched and written, this book explains some of the mysteries of why children do what they do. Rather than telling you how to parent, the research makes you think about the path you want to take. Overall a useful read.

it does appear in parts that recordings had been done on a bad microphone set-up (only a few minutes overall here and there) but that doesn't detract too much from you pleasant style of narration.

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interesting

but I found it to be a bit difficult to follow in an audio format

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The best educational book

this was the best educational book that I will surely come back to many times

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Good to know and study backed baby info

I've looked for baby books and knowledge about how best to raise a child and not screw it up. I didn't want a mum of two's personal opinion and I really liked this study tested approach with background knowledge yet easy to apply in everyday life.

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Very good

I really enjoyed this book. The author goes through the theory but illustrates it with very concrete examples. Some very good advice.

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Not sugar coated

John Medina delivers a fascinating insight into the development of a baby's mind and emotions. Saturated with large doses of modern scientific research, honest admittance of lack of scientific evidence and peppered with humorous stories and anecdotes, this was a very informative and practical book that didn't claim anything it couldn't prove. It's not one to try to listen to while sleep deprived at 3am, however. The audio book is clearly narrated without being monotone. I highly recommend this book to parents interested in improving their understanding of how their child thinks and how their own actions are building their little one's mind, emotions and moral outlook.

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