5 Brain Rules for Parents

There's a great ongoing conversation over at the Brain Rules for Baby Facebook page amongst new parents who have learned from Brain Rules for Baby. Author Dr. John Medina recently shared his 5 essential Brain Rules for Parents:

1. You are going to make lots of mistakes.
2. That’s okay. 
3. If you pay close attention to the safety needs of your children, – both the emotional and physical ones - you will almost always win.

4. If you treat your kids like they were merit badges, you will almost always lose.

5. Be prepared to live with contradictions. The parenting social contract is singular: they take and you give. Yet if you do it right, it won’t matter. You would die for them anyway, which means parenting is the best way to become a saint. Or a martyr. It is hard to believe that ripping your heart out of your pleural cavity and pinning it to your shirtsleeve could be the best thing that will ever happen to you. But it is. Parenting is probably the hardest thing you will ever do, but it is so much on the right side of worth it.


Heidi T - D said...

Wonderful !¡! ... So true !!! ... & my Papeh clued me into this blog, & I am now a Moma to ae growing strong 10 month old bebe boy. I need to translate this either into Spanish, or French, for my husband will benefit in reading these 5 brain rules !!! ... Muchas Gracias !¡ ~ ... Merci Beaucoup !! ~ ... Thank you !¡!!! ~ * ;)

Heidi T - D said...

So wonderful !!! ... Real true ' , & I appreciate this good influence. ;)

Anonymous said...

I am a tired mom of a boy going on 3.

I'm aware of the many mistakes I've made, but only to discover them late. One of those I've regretted most is not talking enough when he was a baby. Now, he isn't talking like a 2 year old should though he is a bright child with a good memory.

Have I hopelessly ruined him? Everytime when I try so hard to get an answer from him and he doesn't, I wish I could start everything again.

I wonder if you answer problems on blog. Is my child too late for help?