Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence
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Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence

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The completely updated and expanded version of the 1987 classic hailed by parents and educators everywhere.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
ebook, 432 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Harmony (first published 1986)
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Gian Fiero
After reading a number of neuroscientific based books, I rounded out my self-directed exploration of the brain with this masterpiece by Jane Healy, Ph.D. It simply is simply the ultimate guide for understanding how the minds of children - from infants to teenagers - grow, change, and develop.

Yes, it has the neuroscientific jargon that you would expect from any credible book that endeavors to explain the complexities of the brain and it's neural functions and networks, but what you don't expect...more
Lily
Who else but a potentially pushy parent would read a book on how their child's mind develops? Dr. Healy does a good job dissuading her readers from employing classically pushy parental techniques and cites extensive research to back her claims that creative play, fun-yet-structured environments, loving caregivers, and a chaos-free home environment are the ticket to helping a child reach his or her fullest potential.

That said, I had trouble swallowing her lack of emphasis on skills and repetitive...more
Sandi
Ryan and Lincoln's guitar teacher recommended this. He implied that it would convince me it was important to start music lessons at a very young age (3 or 4). It did the opposite. Yes, there is an amazing amount of connections and growth happening, but these happen without structured learning. Basically it supports play based learning. Forget flashcards and other more rote ways we have of measuring intelligence. Let your child experience the world and definitely go easy on screen time. Don't com...more
Corina
This book emphasizes the importance of allowing children to simply be children developing at their own speed, and the role of parents in tuning rather than driving this development towards predefined and often unrealistic targets.
Most (otherwise well-intentioned) parents find it difficult to establish a balance between taking care that their kids receive the best guidance possible, and pushing them too hard. This book is a must read especially for those who want to ensure they “do everything ri...more
Jenny
Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence covers how the brain develops throughout the beginning years and then how that is portrayed as the child begins to learn via reading, math, science, writing, spelling and through creativity. Part one covers brain development at various ages and how the brain changes and grows. Part two covers the foundations of learning, gender and hemisphere differences, learning styles, handedness and early language and memory....more
Rosalyn
I read the most recent update of this version (only a few years old, I think). What I was most impressed with was how clearly she spells out the differences in stages of development--I realized that some of the things I get frustrated with my son over are things that his brain actually isn't wired for yet. The most useful part of this book: Healy gives lots of ideas for creating an environment that nurtures creativity in children. Plus, she has a research-backed argument as to why pushing too mu...more
Heidi Thorsen
This was a gift from a friend who said it was one of her favorite parenting books. I found it informative. The main point I took from it was that the pace of a child's learning does not necessarily correspond to their adult IQ. Some kids who develop slowly (learn to speak or read later than others) will still be just as smart as their peers who crossed their milestones earlier, sometimes even smarter. The key is to not "track" these students academically with low expectations for their capabilit...more
JA
This is a great book for understanding how the brain develops and what can be done to optimise the learning and development of a child. Like the Endangered Minds, this book in my opinion, was ahead of its time when first published. It gives very pragmatic tips on a whole lot of areas in a child's learning. I appreciate how the author emphasise that kids have different ways of learning; not performing well under the realm of scholastic standards do not equate to a child not being "intelligent" or...more
Jennifer
I read this book particularly for the parts about adolescent brain development, but it didn't offer much there that I hadn't covered in college. However, I found that chapters about younger children especially interesting. Your Child's Growing Mind helped explain why some bright children do so poorly in school and have such an adverse reaction to learning.

While I wouldn't use this book as a Bible for child education (and really you shouldn't treat any book as the gold standard in that area beca...more
Ink
Great book for parents, but can be preachy, especially about TV and video games. I read this first when my daughter was an infant and again now that she's a teenager. This book was the reason I researched and sent her to a Montessori school. When parents understand what is happening on a physiological level, they can do a better job being parents. Plus, there is much change needed in the traditional public school system in the US. Books like this help parents to understand the issues and present...more
White
This book was one of the books I used as a reference for outstanding materials in my book, Raising Children to be Gifted. Only this one is far better than mine.

Informative, intelligent, caring. This book was a ripe read for when I had a young family. It held me mesmerized and besotted with motherhood; empowering me to give everything I could to my growing children so I could lead them into intelligence, sensitivity, and perspective.

I love this book. I am going to buy it over and over again for m...more
Jason
This book seems to contain a reasonably good set of information, but not always at the depth that I'd like, and not organized in the most useful way.

Reading it with a newborn in the house was actually a bit frustrating, because there's no effort at chronological organization, so you have to either read the whole thing or do some major skipping around to find the parts that are relevant to your life right now. Also, the coverage of young babies takes up a very small portion of the book anyway, so...more
Joy
Really solid overview of child development aimed at parents, though I also found it useful as someone who works with youth. Most of the information in here isn't new to me, but the presentation is fantastic: clear, accessible, with practical suggestions about what adults can do to nurture children and teens. Healy is especially opposed to pressuring children to grow up to fast--I'd love to give a copy of this to some of the loving but overinvolved parents that I see at the branch.
Keeli Billings
I've mentioned this book to some of you and am just now adding it. It's not a cover to cover book for me but a good view of child development and psychology academically. It talks a lot about not pushing conventional learning too hard in a child's early years. A great book for anyone but especially those getting ready to send kids off to kindergarten. Oh, and there are some updated versions from the one that I read.
Penny
In my humble opinion, this is the BEST book for parents of all ages!! It explains in easy-to-understand terminology how a child's brain develops and WHY they act and react the way they do. Dr. Healy provides anecdotes and suggestions on when children are ready for reading!! I loved her original edition, but I prefer her newer book (2004).
Mrs. E
I loved this book! I love the way Jane Healy explains the science in layman terms and then offers very practical suggestions in how to actually use the information to help your child. You can read more of my review here: http://thefilesofmrse.com/archives/2569
Gail
Great book about how to encourage your child's love of learning and overall education. It includes info about activities and practices you can start at home as well as how to handle things if problems arise with school. Must read for parents and teachers.
Dianne Davidson
I found this to be a friendly presentation of some heavy science. It took me forever to get through it but I walked away with refreshed appreciation for God and His creation. I would think every new mother would want to read this DURing
pregancy.
Rebecca
This is my go-to grounding book for parenting. It calms all the voices of "genius" hype and allows me to parent as one human to another. Every time that I read this book (three so far), I find a new parenting nugget that I can integrate.
Emily
Very interesting book. Great for learning how the brain develops and grows and a fabulous reminder that every brain is unique and, as a result, people learn differently.
Ben
Read as much as pertained to newborns and infants. Was hoping for more detail and more step by step development. So really this just wasn't the book I wanted.
Dara Young
This excellent book is perfect for a parent trying to understand how children's brains develop and learn. I highly recommend it.
Ola
I bought this book in 1999 and my sister in law borrowed it right away. She liked it so much, I've only just gotten it back!
Creatingadream
Jul 06, 2008 Creatingadream rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all parents with young kids and especially all new parents.
I've referred to this book many times over the years. This book is a great gift to give to new parents.
Mara
allowing opporunities for a child to imagine is better than all the "developmental" toys out there!
Lori
Highly recommended for any parents &/or teachers out there.
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