Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

"John Medina uses a very readable and refreshing style to present parenting strategies in the context of factual scientific information."
- Jadene Wong, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine

"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

"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

Library Journal
If you've no room for another brain-development title, weed an old one to make room for this. Best-selling author Medina (Brain Rules) presents the best of the refereed literature to examine how infants process information at the molecular, cellular, and behavioral levels. Recent brain science has debunked such myths as playing Mozart in utero to boost IQ and exposed important truths like the relationship between IQ and birth weight and how maternal stress influences prenatal development. Covering such topics as pregnancy, relationships, and "moral" babies, the book will educate even the most learned parents. Medina's humorous, conversational style makes this an absolute pleasure to read. As important as Po Bronson's Nurtureshock, this made my top five of 2010. . —"Parenting Short Takes", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983263302
  • Publisher: Pear Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is the author of the long-running New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. Medina lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and two boys.
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Table of Contents

brain rules i

Introduction 1

Parenting purpose is brain development

The importance of being selective about science

Why do we need parents anyway?

Five inescapable questions

pregnancy 19

Four things that improve a baby's brain development

Is morning sickness a good thing?

When your baby can hear you, smell you

The effects of severe stress

relationship 55

Bundle of joy? Yes but...

The four biggest reasons you'll fight

Guys, get out the vacuum cleaner

Two steps to a relationship that's good for baby

smart baby: seeds 89

8000 neurons per second!

The brain cannot learn unless it feels safe

What does "smart" mean?

Seven types of intelligence

Every brain is wired differently

smart baby: soil

The best kind of playroom

Talking to your child improves IQ

How to raise cognition scores by 5o%

TV before age 2

The harm in hyper-parenting

happy baby: seeds 159

Could happiness be genetic?

Where emotions happen in the brain

Magical mirror neurons

Emotions and logic are not as separate as you think

happy baby: soil 189

The secret to happiness

Using empathy to calm your child's nerves

The one parenting that works

moral baby 219

Are babies born moral?

The three-legged stool of discipline

Kids lie a lot (every two hours, by age 4)

Explaining your rules

conclusion 253

practical tips 261

acknowledgements 277

index 278

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Great reading for any parent.

    A great read for any parent to be or new parent. It offers a lot of scientific insight into how your little one is experiancing this huge new world.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    WARNING - Littered with the evolution theory.

    I like the information except shoving evolution down my throat. If anything, brain development in children shows the wonder of creation and the silliness of evolution. Dont be mad if you believe in evolution, you would be just as quick to debunk God and Christianity.

    2 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    A Must Read...Great, Great, Great

    Not only does the book give you advice about raising a great child it give you the reasons why. You find that a big key is EXPLAINING to your child why decisions are made, or why you have certain feelings. He also includes research studies (take from them what you will) that back up his ideas. Perhaps the best quality of this book is the EXPLANATIONS as to why treating your children certain ways will influence how they grow. He starts from the ground up, giving you a good understanding of the inner workings of the brain and how it naturally develops then gives examples of different parenting ways and how each can cause a child's mentality to evolve later on down the road.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    A fantastic resource

    I would recommend this book to anyone. It uses only scientific research that has passed the authors "grump test;" it eloquently details how this research can be used to develop more informed parental choices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    I read this book October of 2013. The review written by JeffNewm

    I read this book October of 2013. The review written by JeffNewman, March 22, 2011 is extremely accurate. I could not say it better. I loved this book and because I don't want to lend it out, I am buying another copy of this book to share among my friends! This book has been so useful and I have learned so very much from it.

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