Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3
Dr. Jill Stamm's daughter was born almost four months premature, and doctors insisted she would never walk or talk. Now, thirty-two years later, her daughter is living proof that nearly every baby's...more
It gave me such an appreciation for the enormity and extreme inherent intelligence baby earthlings are born with.
The book provides practical examples of how to's, gives first hand experiences of raising physically and mentally challenged children and in turn outlines how these findings are as applicable to children blessed with no such disabilities.
A fascinating read that will heighten your res ...more
Likes: Easy to understand. While the science is there, it's not too hard (or boring) to follow.
- I really liked the personal anecdotes about her own daughters. It's nice to hear from the mom and researcher.
- The suggestions she has for simple activities to work on you kid's attention, bond and communication ( ABC's).
- She does a nice job of not making ...more
The book focuses on how to interact with infants/toddlers from birth to 3 years old to help them develop healthy brains and lay down foundations for later developments (in school, etc), based on research on human brains. The authors advocate early support focusing on 3 main objectives: Attention (help the kids to concentrate deeply), Bonding (emotional interaction ...more
Stamm emphasizes three core areas of development that children need in order to thrive ...more
The book can be a bit heavy on the science at times, and I found myself skimming over those parts because, A) I already know most of the science, and, B) I wa ...more
The author, who studies the brain and has two daughters of her own (one born with cerebral palsy and one born normally), has a unique perspective about how to take what is known in the neuroscience field and shows how to apply it in everyday life. A lot of the "this is what you should to do as a parent to enhance a child's brain de ...more
One of the nicest things about this book is that Dr. Stamm speaks to the reader in such a respectful voice. She'll say things like, mothers often feel such and such and here's why you feel that way--here is the science backing up your gut feeling. She makes you feel like a wonderful parent (and don't we all try to be wonderful parents?) while at the same time showing you how to be even better.
One o ...more
I was surprised by how good this book was. It's all stuff that's been said in psych 101 classes for the last 15 years but I needed a refresher. I like that Stamm uses actual scientific findings, cites articles, breaks down the pertinent pieces, and them translates them to real world applications that parents can implement. Because she takes then time to explain the science, parents are left with only the book or activity she recommends; rather, they can extrapolate ...more
I got annoyed with her sections about her daughters and didn't think she explained the neuroscience all that well. John Medina does ...more