Before reading further why don’t you answer the question below:
Surprised by the percentages? Curious about the correct answer? Do you think you come up with correct answer by simple intuition and common sense?
The poll above is the first question from “Are you a Brain Rules parent?” quiz which includes many interesting questions about raising a happy and smart child. And the quiz is from the accompanying web site of the wonderful book Brain Rules for Baby book by John Medina (for both online and PDF versions of the quiz, please visit http://brainrules.net/brain-rules-for-baby-parenting-quiz).
I’ve just finished reading the book and I think that Dr. John Medina provides a very solid account of early child development which is based on brain science. I can say without a moment’s hesitation that I’m more than happy to have found such a highly readable book from a “developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorder”.
Not only does Medina know his field very well but he is also the father of two boys and he doesn’t hesitate to blend his personal memories with well-established as well as up-to-date research without becoming academically dry and dull or boringly personal. As soon-to-be father with a cognitive science background I can only appreciate such a powerful combination of these qualities.
Almost every question that the book exposes and tries to answer is either a central question in my life or it’ll be within a few years: “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?” and others such as the relationship of empathy and consistency to the developing brain structures which shape our kids’ future lives.
The summary section at the end of each chapter as well as an overall summary at the end of the book turns the book into a great source as a quick reference for mothers and fathers ‘working in the field’ (I beg your pardon for the analogy, I just couldn’t resist it ;-). And for those skeptics out there with an academic / scientific background, the book itself does not include a single reference to another book or article; all of the references are moved to the online document from http://brainrules.net/brain-rules-for-baby-resources. 63 pages of references to the scientific literature for your discovery pleasure and further reading.