Parenting tips from neuroscience

If you're looking to gain a scientific advantage over that two-year-old that controls your life, this might be the book for you.

The books authors, Aamodt and Wang, offer some insights from neuroscience on how you can get your child to sleep (use a routine); improve their vision (lots of time outdoors); and promote the development of obedience (warm and sensitive parenting produces more obedient children than strict parenting, because these children want to please their parents). Along the way, they also dispel some parenting myths.

“As for how to get your little one to eat spinach, the authors recommend combining it with another well-liked flavour like yoghurt, offering it repeatedly even if they only eat a bite each time, or serving a spoonful of pudding shortly before the spinach – so long as it's within nine seconds. Sadly, the book doesn't elaborate on why this 9-second window is so important, but it may at least give fraught parents some new ideas.”*

Three books I'd recommend to new or expecting parents are: (1) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; (2)The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement; and (3) The Tiger Mom book—Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

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(*) New Scientist