Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Peter M. Vishton
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.
This course bridges the divide. In 24 engaging lectures, an expert in the cognitive development of early childhood presents what scientific research has revealed about the things parents can actively do to promote children’s long-term development right from birth. Professor Vishton delivers a wealth of practical tips to help children reach their full potential intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially. And he supports it all with findings culled from the latest scientific literature.
You’ll touch on topics across all areas of childrearing, from sleep and nutrition to behavior and academics. And you’ll get answers to many of the most common parenting questions:

Should I sleep-train my baby by letting her “cry it out”?
Should I let my infant, toddler, or child watch TV-and if so, how much?
Should I allow my child to play video games?
Should I pressure my picky eater to finish her vegetables?
Should I spank my child when he misbehaves?
In addition to learning methods for laying an early foundation in subjects such as math and reading, you’ll gain information for boosting your children’s overall cognitive abilities-and even their IQ scores.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Would you consider the audio edition of Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive to be better than the print version?

There aren't many things to say about the book. The lecturer is amazing and the content is detailed but easy to listen to. It's a pleasure to listen to the whole course and recommended to all parents, would-be parents, caregivers and any other people working with children.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No... take your time to assimilate all the ideas.

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- Paulo Matos

Interesting, insightful, well delivered

What did you like most about Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive?

The lecturer.

What did you like best about this story?

It was very interesting and well structured. It was packed with useful information and tips and the information was balanced and well put together.

What about Professor Peter M. Vishton’s performance did you like?

The presenter was very well spoken and was enjoyable to listen to - the best of the Great Courses lecturers I've listened to so far. He was very knowledgeable and someone I'm sure I would enjoy talking to in person.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it was a bit long for that!

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- Kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses