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Book review: Your Child’s Growing Mind: A Guide to Learning and Brain Development from Birth to Adolescence by Jane M. Healy

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Before I became a mom, I didn’t have a lot of experience with kids, especially little babies. Being an academic, I dealt with that by doing lots of research! Now I’m a mom of two babies under three years-old, and I know what I’m doing a little more. By reading so much, I’ve come to the realization that there are some terrible child-rearing books out there! Luckily, there are also a few that are actually helpful. I’m hoping that by sharing some reviews of these books with other parents, I can help guide you toward resources that are worth your time, or at least help you avoid the really terrible stuff!

So, let’s jump right in with our first book!

healy-yourYour Child’s Growing Mind: A Guide to Learning and Brain Development from Birth to Adolescence by Jane M. Healy

Let me be honest here – I don’t know where this book came from. I probably found it at the Good Will. But, I have a background in the liberal arts and don’t know a lot about how kids learn or how brains grow. That’s important stuff to know!

This book is a few years old now, but it does what it says on the cover. Jane M. Healy reviews how the brain develops from birth through the teenage years, and examines how to best promote learning for kids of different ages. Healy is a long-time educator who strongly believes that kids will learn concepts on their own as their brains mature, and that adults can foster or hinder this learning, but not force it to happen before a child is ready. She also includes a lot of resources for parents with children with learning or other disabilities, including how to work with teachers and schools to develop plans for childrens’ specific needs.

I really liked Your Child’s Growing Mind overall. It was easy to read and pay attention to, and I learned a lot without getting weighed down by overly technical or academic writing. My main gripe with this book was in its organization. The information is great, but individual chapters didn’t seem to know where they were going or what their main point was, and that was distracting to me, and occasionally outright confusing. Still, I felt like the book was worth reading for me, and I am looking forward to reading more of Healy’s books in the future.

Got a book you’d like me to review? Leave a comment with your suggestions or email me.