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If you are pregnant or planning a family, I thoroughly recommend this book, which accessibly presents,the latest in research concerning the development of intelligence, happiness, and good behavior in children.
If you, like me, are already the parents of a child old enough, to run, jump, count to 10, and arbitrarily meet at least half of your parental requests with an indignant "NO!", then I also thoroughly recommend this book-- with a bit of a disclaimer: brace yourself before reading. The "rules" in question amount to a pretty tall order, and he doesn't exactly mince his words about the possible effects of not following them.
The first priority of any brain, he points out, is not to learn. It is to be safe. This has been the goal of our brains since the earliest days of human evolution, and the vestiges of ancient evolutionary pressures and needs remain with us still. Stemming from this understanding, and supported by research, Dr. Medina recommends that parents place a high priority on marital harmony, empathic discipline, stress reduction during pregnancy, and avoidance of "hyperparenting".
Second, humans are deeply social creatures-- this means that we learn best by being held, spoken to often, sung to, and read to-- it also means turning off the cell phones, computers and TV, and engaging in imaginative "guided play" on a daily basis.
This is a good book, and I am compelled to apply Dr. Medina's recommendations to my own parenting practice.
I would, however, suggest two more books, for the sake of balance. The first is "Into the Minds of Babes" by Lisa Guernsey, which offers more research specifically relating to TV, and which I believe presents a more balanced view.
The second is "The Shelter of Each Other" by Mary Pipher, which offers a more holistic, anthropological perspective on many of these issues-- which considers the experience of the parents and the culture as well, and in which the "Voice of Science" is a little less... imperious.
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Where does Brain Rules for Baby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I love when you stumble upon an educational book that is just as entertaining as it is informative. Before this book I never would have thought neurons and brain chemistry would be so much fun to read about. I laughed out loud several times but more importantly I learned how my baby's brain is developing, why she does the crazy things she does, and I received lots of practical parenting advice that I could put into effect same day.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules for Baby?
Author John Medina, a parent himself, understands what we want for our kids...to be smart and to be happy. He breaks down both citing extensive research studies and applying them to real-life parenting practices. He is specific, not just reminding us how to be more empathetic parents, but how we can actually shape the conversations we have with our kids for the best results.
Any additional comments?
The production quality is poor compared to most (maybe all) of the books I have but don't let it dissuade you from downloading. John Medina's voice and mannerisms sound an awful lot like comedian Lewis Black but not as extreme. For me, it added to the entertainment value. He is definitely not a trained narrator but I found him so likable it didn't matter. I gave the performance 3 stars only for the poor sound production.
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I studied infant psychology at uni a while ago and after I gave birth to my daughter last year I used to listen to this while breastfeeding to remind myself of what I was taught in infant psychology.
This book is valuable! The information is priceless. It's disgusting that books about letting babies cry themselves to sleep get more attention then books like this which give scientifically proven help.
If you are a parent who is seeking for solutions purely to make your life more convenient then the books about letting babies cry to sleep is more suited to you. If you're a parent or caregiver seeking the best nurture for your baby or child this book is for you.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I listened to this first whilst 8 months pregnant and have just re-listened now my baby is 4 months old. The book gives very practical tips on how different forms of interaction affect your child throughout its life. Its fascinating and would recommend to any parent or parent to be.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. Medina narrates wonderfully, clear and concise scientific research is made accessible easy to understand and relevant to all aspects of parenting. It really opened my eyes and gave real practical help. Thank you
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