Episode 69: Brain Rules and Tools For Raising Happy and Healthy Children


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My guest this week is Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist with a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. Dr. Medina is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. Medina's book on brain development is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." His latest book in the series is "Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp." Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two boys.

In this episode, Dr. Medina and I discuss brain-based rules and tools parents can use to raise happy and healthy children. Backed by evidence-based research, Dr. Medina creates an in-depth look at how children’s brains are affected in their home and school environments. Using his ‘12 brain rules’, Medina guides parents with knowledge and tangible practices they can use and address now in their families, such as exercise and sleep practices.

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