Brain Rules for Baby was the first parenting book that I ever read. And 14 parenting books later, it still remains one of my favourites. Before Riku was born, my perception of parenting books was that they would be full of mushy, gooey, feel good stuff about loving your child unconditionally, accepting them for who they are, etc. Which parent does not know that, right? Boy was I wrong! Brain Rules introduced me to a world of parenting ideas, backed by research. I had no clue there was SO much relevant research conducted around the world.
Brain Rules for Baby covers a breadth of parenting topics like – things that help develop baby’s brain while in the womb, the impact of relationships on the baby, the secret to future happiness, type of parenting that yields the best results, how to raise a moral child, etc.
It is written by DR. JOHN J. MEDINA – a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders (so says the bio on his website). He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School”
Why I love Brain Rules for Baby?
- It covers topics that most parents ultimately wish for their child – how do we raise a happy and smart child
- The Brain ‘Rules’ proposed by the author are all backed by research.
- It is a very easy and engaging read
- It opened my eyes to soo many new things
- How parents fight and make up has in impact on the child’s brain
- Empathy from parents is so powerful that it can change the nervous system of infants.
- Human brain’s primary role is not learning, it is something else.
- Which is the most common quality among the most innovative executives?
- What is the role of emotional regulation in cognitive performance?
- Which quality among children is a better predictor of academic success than IQ?
- The power of open ended play and features of such play that are most effective.
- The surprising importance of ‘how’ we praise a child
I do wish that for certain topics the author would have delved deeper into the ‘How’ of things after he explained ‘Why’. For instance, the book covers what Executive function is and why it is such a good predictor of academic success. He also mentions that a ‘child’s brain can be trained to enhance…executive function’. But stops short of giving ideas/suggestions about how parents can do that. I really hope he writes a sequel to Brain Rules digging deeper into certain topics for parents who are keen to learn more.
To conclude, this is one book that should be required reading for any expecting or new parent!Follow Us On