The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today that Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow (Hardcover)
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What if, despite the best of intentions, we are raising our children to succeed in a world that no longer exists? The Toddler Brain helps parents recognize the connection that exists between their own parenting behaviors and their child's ability to acquire valuable twenty-first-century skills. Dr. Laura A. Jana draws on studies and stories from pediatrics, neuroscience, social science, and childcare, as well as the world of business and innovation to show parents how to equip their children with seven key skills. Dr. Jana explores the importance of play and curiosity, imagination and empathy, and strategically strengthening children's neural connections in their first five years.
About the Author
Dr. Laura A. Jana is a board-certified pediatrician and Director of Innovation at the University of Nebraska College of Public Health. She is a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the award-winning author of Heading Home with Your Newborn and Food Fights. She lives with her husband and three children in Omaha, Nebraska.
"It is now clearer than ever that the path for future success is set in the earliest years of life. The Toddler Brain, Dr. Jana offers a wealth of thought-provoking and practical insights on how today's parents can help their children thrive and grow up to be happy, resilient, and creative adults."
—Harvey Karp, MD, pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block
"A strategic plan for assembling the critical toolkit of twenty-first-century skills very child will need to thrive."
—Reid Hoffman, entrepreneur, Chairman & Co-founder, LindedIn
"If readers take Dr. Jana's words to heart, today's children will be better equipped to solve tomorrow's challenges, and the world will be a kinder, more compassionate place."
—Jo Kirchner, CEO, Primrose Schools
"This book is a stunning achievement that will dramatically empower everyone from parents to policymakers and reorient how we think about the first five years of life. Dr. Jana is a deep thinker who breaks traditional sector boundaries to offer fresh, practical, and innovative thinking about how best to insure the future success of society's most valuable resource - our children."
—Joe Waters, Executive Vice President, Institute for Child Success
"A groundbreaking perspective on teaching critical life skills to children today. Required reading for parents, teachers, pediatricians, and CEOs alike."
—Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician and author of the Baby 411 book series
The Toddler Brain is practical, research-based, and highly relevant to parents and anyone dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of children - an innovative contribution to the world of child development."
—Ann C. Crouter, PhD, Dean, Penn State College of Health and Human Development
"This powerful book illustrates how the foundation for adult well-being is created in the earliest years and shows parents how to help young children build the social and emotional skills they will need throughout life."
—Sara Watson, MPP, PhD, Global Director, ReadyNation
"The Toddler Brain is a very user friendly, accessible, and understandable guide to parenting practice that gives great ideas and approaches that all parents can use."
—Professors Tony Bertram and Chris Pascal, Centre for Research in Early Childhood, President/Vice President, British Association for Early Childhood Education
"Comfortably straddling the business world and the realm of parenting, Jana observes that the parenting paradigm must shift just as many workplaces are changing with the times. This fascinating, forward-thinking book will help parents prepare their children to reach for the stars-perhaps even those not yet discovered."—Publishers Weekly
"Filled with important parenting lessons."—Omaha World-Herald
"The Toddler Brain presents many interesting ideas and practical tips for parents...a guidebook for the uncharted terrain of raising kids."—Providence Journal