Brain Rules for Baby

What's the best way to raise a smart, happy child through age 5? Scientists know. Brain Rules for Baby offers parents facts – not just advice – in an engaging, practical way.

Now updated and expanded with a new chapter on sleep!

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Brain Rules

If workplaces had nap rooms, multitasking was frowned upon, and meetings were held during walks, we'd be vastly more productive. Brain Rules reveals – in plain English – 12 ways our brains truly work.

Now updated and expanded with a new chapter on music!

The brain is an amazing thing. Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know.

How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? What can science tell us about raising smart, happy children?

Brain Rules are things we know for sure, and John Medina explains what we might do with that knowledge.

About Brain Rules | About Brain Rules for Baby

John Medina

Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Learn more.

Brain Rules for Baby

Who wants to be a better parent?
See what you think of Michael's parenting ... then John Medina will ask YOU some questions.

The quiz
Or, take our multiple-choice quiz and see how you score:
Are you a Brain Rules parent?

 

Watch parenting videos
Temper tantrums, TV, the surprising "cookie test," and more.

Download: Key points | The rules

Brain Rules

The 12 rules, illustrated

After you read a chapter, reinforce the concepts with illustrations, charts and video:

Exercise tutorial
Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.


Short-term-memory tutorial
Rule #5: Repeat to remember.

 

Download the rules: Posters | List


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