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  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • Written by: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

Written by: John Medina
Narrated by: John Medina
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Publisher's 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

What the critics say

"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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Funny and Informative

Loved this book. So helpful and very interesting! Enjoyed how the author read his own book and put his spin into every part!

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super helpful!!! Love it!!!

everything explains, gives tups and tricks, even examples, highly recommend for newby parents and not.

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Honest, thorough and balanced advice

Provided lots of actionable advice and was honest where research was lacking or when there were competing findings.

Good summary at the end tied the book together.

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Good content, poor performance

I found the content well written and informative but it was hard to get past the quality of the performance and in some parts just the recording quality. In my opinion, the narrator would be better suited for children’s stories instead of parenting books. This may be one that is better to buy off the shelf anyway as it would make a good reference book and it would be helpful to flip back through important sections, but overall I’m glad I listened to this book.

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Such a helpful book!

Such a great find! Best baby book that I have found to date! Pretty much covers everything and it’s actually based off of science not just someone’s personal experience which can be helpful but ultimately I prefer scientifically proven advice. The voice over was also great!

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Very informative and entertaining

Would have given it a 5 star rating if it wasn’t of his constant referring to the evolution theory, which made me roll my eyes every single time.

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Great Book for New Parents!

This is a must read for all new parents, I would have given a five but there were some things in the book that I didn't really feel were well represented. but overall this is a fantastic book and has helped me create a parental focus and plan that I can feel proud of.

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great listen

very informative and I really liked the narration, for he didn't have a boring monotone voice he always kept things interesting 👍

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love it

LOVED the narration. couldn't be better. great book overall. super helpful and inspiring for new parents

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Informative & easy to listen to! Highly recommend!

John Medina is not only great at providing amazing information that's easy to follow, but he also narrates his book with an energy that keep it interesting.

Love the information he has for new parents! I've totally recommended this book to many of my friends. Only wish I would've heard it sooner (while pregnant).

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