An updated and expanded edition of this groundbreaking book from the bestselling author of Brain Rules
What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching television do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums?
In his international 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 ages zero to five.
In this updated edition — which includes a new chapter on sleep — Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practise. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops and offers practical tips for any parent. You’ll learn what is the best predictor of academic performance (and it’s not IQ!), why it’s better to praise effort than intelligence, and what to say to your child when emotions run hot.
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 for anyone raising a child.
'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
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'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, PhD, 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, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
'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
‘Medina, a molecular biologist lays out an accessible explanation of the science of brain development and provides practical ideas for optimising it in the hope of raising a brighter, happier child.’