- Factors that influence brain growth in the womb
- Fattening up the brain
- Windows of opportunity
- Development of language, vision, hearing, & motor skills
- Red flags in your baby’s development
- Uncovering your baby’s temperament
While I originally thought this may be one of those books that tries to tell you your kid can be college ready by the time they’re 5, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of information in it based on real facts. This book moves throughout your baby’s first year of life showing you what they are learning at each stage and how the mind is actually making different connections that will help set your child up for easier and better learning. I found the chapters on vision and hearing especially informative, but my favorite chapter was the one on temperament. Maybe it’s the fact that I have another babe on the way, but it’s so neat to hear how babies can be so different even inside the womb and at birth!
All in all, this is a well written, informative book for parents and caregivers! And while our children will always reach their developmental milestones at different times, reading a book like this can help you realize how to maximize your kids own potential.
– Donielle @ Raising Peanuts
About the authors
Holly Engel-Smothers is a former Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers early childhood program and continues to work as a consultant for Parents as Teachers, especially for families with twins. To qualify for this certification, Holly participated in hundreds of hours of training and workshops to study a brain-based curriculum that benefits both educators and parents. Since 1990, she has been an educator specializing in teaching parents and their children up to age seven. She works in a Title I program teaching low-level students and is on her district’s Communication Arts Committee and Literacy Team. She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching Reading. Holly’s writing credits include “The Read and Respond” series, consisting of
six curriculum guides based on children’s literature. She has also written “The Real World” series-three books for practical applications of reading, math, and science. Holly has had numerous articles published in magazines, including Missouri’s National Education Magazine Something Better, as well as Mother and Child Reunion: A Parenting, Education, and Health Resource. She is a contributing author to the books Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith (2008), It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy through Adolescence (2007), and Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples, and Singletons (2007).
Susan M. Heim is a former Senior Editor for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her books include Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year; It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence; Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons; and, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More. A mother of four, she dispenses parenting advice through her blog, “Susan Heim on Parenting,” and TwinsTalk website.
Posted by Nicole Ibarrondo, former editor here at Mom Fuse