Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier [NOOK Book]

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Every week new discoveries about the brain make the news, often promising parents the latest “right” way to nurture their kids’ developing brains and behavior. And every day there’s a new technology that demands your child’s attention, a new game or toy that purports to make your kid smarter, and a new snack promising to be healthy as well as tasty. How’s a busy parent to make heads or tails of all these claims? You turn to Dr. David Walsh, an expert at translating the headline-making, cutting-edge findings into ...
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Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier

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Overview

Every week new discoveries about the brain make the news, often promising parents the latest “right” way to nurture their kids’ developing brains and behavior. And every day there’s a new technology that demands your child’s attention, a new game or toy that purports to make your kid smarter, and a new snack promising to be healthy as well as tasty. How’s a busy parent to make heads or tails of all these claims? You turn to Dr. David Walsh, an expert at translating the headline-making, cutting-edge findings into practical suggestions for parenting today. In his previous bestseller, Why Do They Act That Way?, Walsh showed how to manage the difficult teenage years by understanding how the adolescent brain develops. Now he’s written a complete guide to parenting from birth through the teen years, with recommendations that will help maximize any child’s potential.

Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids doesn’t just describe new research findings or explain interesting brain facts. It equips parents with usable information across a range of topics, like exercise, nutrition, play, sleep, stress, self-discipline, emotional intelligence, and connection. Some discoveries in neuroscience confirm age-old parental wisdom while others may prompt you to make immediate changes. Still other brain discoveries help explain behaviors that have puzzled parents forever, like why friendly, easygoing kids can become withdrawn and sullen dragons overnight when they enter adolescence, or why girls and boys tend to have such different classroom experiences.

Filled with helpful quizzes and checklists for easy reference, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids gives specific advice about how to make the best daycare, preschool, and schooling decisions for your kids; for example, how to deal with stressful events as a family, and how to manage your child’s internet and media use. And all these findings across different fields of research work together in reaching the same goal: When children are guided to eat, sleep, play, exercise, learn, and connect with others in healthy ways, their minds blossom and they are able to reach their full potential—academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. These real-life applications in Dr. Walsh’s new book put science into practice with a personal plan that explains how (and why) you can parent with the brain in mind.
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Dr. David Walsh's Why Do They Act That Way? (9780743260770, TP, $15.00) has been hailed as "a clear, scientific, and humane counsel" to understanding teenage minds. His new Nurturing Your Child's Intelligence tackles the biggest question that today's parents must confront: How can we best prepare our child for the intellectual and emotional rigors of today's world? A leading authority on children and parenting weighs in about what we now know about educating our offspring in and out of the classroom.

Publishers Weekly
The focus of this book by psychologist Walsh (Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen) is "parenting with the brain in mind." In clear and accessible language, Walsh reports, interprets, and applies recent neuroscience research to help parents understand their kids' behavior and foster optimum development and use of their children's amazing brains. Throughout, there is an emphasis on science made practical, as Walsh expands the scope of his previous book to cover a wider range of brain-related behavioral issues from infancy through adolescence. Reminding parents that kids' brains really are "under construction," he shares anecdotes from his own family life and clinical experience as he addresses major topics such as IQ and other ways to evaluate learning capabilities; how the brain processes information; the importance of play; and why learning self-discipline is important. Each chapter includes checklists, tool kits, conversation starters, and a list of dos and don'ts, plus a fill-in-the-blank space for parents to plan steps toward change. Citing much of the same research reported in Ellen Galinsky's Mind in the Making (including the famous marshmallow experiment, about delayed gratification), Walsh has delivered another entertaining and highly elucidating useful volume for the 21st-century parent. (Aug.)
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“His practical advice is delivered in a breezy style, with many first-person examples to help parents understand how the brain develops and apply that knowledge.…Today’s parents will appreciate the modern applications and additional resources. A helpful guide.” —Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

Walsh (Why Do They Act That Way?, 2005, etc.) helps parents understand their child's amazing brain.

Parents are bombarded with child-rearing manuals and videos, and much of the information can be overwhelming or guilt-inducing. Walsh, a father and a psychologist, knows that products such as "Baby Einstein" do not increase I.Q. and may, in fact, hinder language development. His practical advice is delivered in a breezy style, with many first-person examples to help parents understand how the brain develops and apply that knowledge to raise healthier, happier children. Physical components of brain growth, such as glial cells and hormones, are discussed, and each chapter is coupled with down-to-earth questions or a "Parent Tool Kit" and a simple list of "Do's and Don'ts." The author's voice is not preachy; Walsh even mentions his own mistakes. The author also emphasizes reading and writing, and he touches on a variety of themes, including the special needs of children with ADD, ADHD and Asperger's. Walsh also examines the teenage brain, including a discussion of the warning signs for depression and suicide, the third-leading cause of death among adolescents. It turns out that our elders' advice for unstructured play time was good, but today's parents will appreciate the modern applications and additional resources.

A helpful guide for understanding kids and teenagers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439137338
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 842,214
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

David Walsh, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family. He is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Monica. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. 
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Table of Contents

1 Our Children's Amazing Brains 1

2 How to Raise Your Child's IQ 14

3 How the Brain Listens, Speaks, Reads, and Writes 30

4 Memory, Attention, and the Rule of Seven 49

5 Brain Food: Nutrition and the Brain 70

6 Play Is Serious Business 87

7 Brain Workouts: Why Exercise Is Critical 106

8 Your Brain's at Work While You Snooze 117

9 Self-Discipline: The Key to Success 135

10 A Brain Under Construction: The Adolescent Years 153

11 Boy and Girl Brains: What's the Difference? 168

12 Stress and the Brain 181

13 Cyber Brains: Parenting in an Online World 200

14 Wired Differently: Special Needs Brains, Mental Illness, and Chemical Use 222

15 Brain-Wise Daycare, Preschool, and School Decisions 239

16 The 21st-century Parent 255

Notes 261

Acknowledgments 277

Index 279

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