In this book, Medina offers up a scientific perspective on raising children and nurturing the minds of newborns and infants. His book follows and instructs parents on the best care for their babies, aged zero to five. Have gone through a number of lackluster parenting books both as a new parent and as a librarian, I can readily say that this is one of the better books out there. Medina’s points boil down to a couple major elements. His points, all scientifically backed by studies, are not all that much different from Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bebe. My inner Francophone feels justified.
Medina’s main points are:
- Be authoritative.
- Set your boundaries,
- Set consequences for broken rules,
- Stick to those consequences
- Be empathetic to your child’s needs.
These are the elements that go into raising a well-rounded, well-nurtured child. Children thrive on routine and structure. Setting boundaries helps them feel safe. Being openly communicative with your child helps them feel involved and that goes a long way towards building a good relationship.
I have a small notebook full of notes from this title. Although I borrowed a library copy, I am tempted to purchase my own just to reread certain sections. I found this book to be well written, well-paced with just enough of the author’s own experiences to round out the science and studies for his explanations. This is a great book for parents of newborn children, especially those who are like me. Who want to push their children to their full potential, but don’t want to go overboard with it and turn into a tiger mom.