I read this book more than a year ago, and find it very useful and helpful for the parents. There are a lot of different information, how to make your kid smart, starting from the birth.
The thing that I like the author said, that of course new mom nutrition, behavior play a huge role in developing baby even when it is still in your womb, but the things like listening classic music, putting special mashines on your belly with music do not help or develop your future child”s brain.
There are a lot of different educational videos, that you can use from the birth, and the commerce says:”Make your baby speak Chinese in 12 months”. This doesn’t have any sense too, because there is no official scientist conclusion about videos which make your kids genious.
The author reccomends to avoid TV by age 2, and even after that try to make your kids life interesting with the books, people, different performances, activities etc. A lot of people don’t agree with this, and in real life it is much more difficult to keep a child away from electronic devices, but I think we always try to pick easier way in everything, for example: Of course, its easier to turn the tv on for your kids, than make up a game for them and play with them. And noone say do not use the tv or computer at all, but it should be like a prize, like something special for them, something they should merit.
Instead of using electronic devises with no control, you should learn your kids to make up new friends, learn to make new games and entertain yourself, make yourself busy with interesting things.
There are main strategies to raise your baby smart:
Babies develop an active mental life in the womb.
Stressed mom, stressed baby.
Eat right, stay fit, get lots of pedicure.
Happy marriage, happy baby.
The brain seeks safety above all.
What is obvious to you is obvious to you.
3. Smart baby.
The brain cares about survival before learning.
Intelligence is more than IQ
Face time, no screen time.
Safe baby, smart baby.
Praise effort, not IQ.
Guided play-every day.
Emotions, not emoticons.
Babies are born with their own temperament.
Emotions are just Post-it notes.
Empathy makes good friends.
The brain craves community.
Empathy soothes the nerves.
Labeling emotions calms big feelings.
5. Moral baby.
Babies are born with moral sensibilities.
Discipline+warm heart=smart baby.
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
So this book is pretty interesting and probably someone who is interested in babies, their development and bringing up kids would like it.