Boost your Childs IQ – Best Parenting Books on Child’s Brain Development

Boost your Childs IQ – Best Parenting Books on Child’s Brain Development

Today we review some of the best books on how to boost your child’s brain development and IQ. We all want our children to be as smart as possible, and reading is important in this process. Read how to best help your child develop their full potential through simple games and essential skills.

Boost Your Child’s Brain Development – 5 short book reviews

1. Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Ellen Galinsky

Parenting Book to develop your childs IQ
Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky proposes a new point of view when it comes to parenting books. The scientific research is backed up by personal stories which will give you great ideas of how to develop the different parts of your childs intellect. The science is simple without being over simplified. The book has chapters dedicated to each of the seven essential skills. It increases the difficulty of the type of learning as you progress into the book. Ellen Galinsky’s book should be read by all parents (and teachers) who want their children to have the capacity to learn and structure information from an early age.

2. NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children – Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Develop childs Brain Book
Science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have written a compelling book on how to raise your child to be socially aware. This parenting book approaches learning from a social and realistic point of view. For example, the writers highlight the difference between good intentions and good ideas. They point out that parents often put more effort in praising the children’s object of labor than the labor itself.  This will then affect the childs brain development and sense of self.

The book gives perspective to all parents about the reasons behind common behavioral worries. It will guide you on how to avoid them with simple activities. The information is sorted into chapters for a better understanding of each problem covered.

3. Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder – Mariah Bruehl

Develop Childs IQ with games
Mariah Bruehl, a former teacher, approaches learning through playing. Children, at a young age, are like a sponge for information. But when they are coerced to learn something with a degree of difficulty, they often resist. By making a game out of learning, the child will feel more comfortable learning about new subjects. They dont realise it is learning and they just see the fun and challenge. This type of learning stimulates curiosity and creativity which are important in boosting your child IQ.

4. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five – John Medina

Book: Rules to raise your child's IQ
John Medina’s book prepares you for parenting from the day you conceive the baby until the age of five. The book is based on behavioral psychology and neuroscience research. It gives you the scientific knowledge you need to understand why your child acts a certain way and what you should do if you want to change something. The author talks about child brain development, and he puts emphasis on understanding emotions and learning. He believes that a smart child is a happy one. This book also teaches you how to plant the seeds of knowledge and how prepare the soil for your child to blossom into a beautiful, happy and smart adult one day.

5. Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems – Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.

Books: Child learning difficulties
Children learn differently, so standardized teaching might not cover your child’s needs. Different Learners helps you understand the challenges your child faces when learning new things. It shows how the brain works.   And how the child’s brain develops based on genetics and environment, so you can understand your child’s problems better.

It talks about common attention disorders and what the best way to diagnose and treat them. Furthermore, some of these disorders may be prevented, as the author explains. This is a practical guide on how to understand, prevent and approach your child’s learning difficulties.


6 Historical Romances for Autumn 2017

6 Historical Romances for Autumn 2017

Historical Romances are always a popular, comfortable, cosy read. This Autumn snuggle down with these romance novels set in times gone by. Let your imagination run wild – its actually good for you.

6 Historical Romances – short reviews

1. The Viscount Needs a Wife – Jo Beverley

Historical Romances - The Viscount Needs A Wife
A historical romance novel in the Rogue Series.  Jo Beverley writes an amazing historical romance which focuses on the relationship between the lovely Kitty and the stubborn Braydon. When he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, Beau Braydon finds himself looking for a woman with an iron fist who can manage his real-estate. Kitty is a widow who is trying to get away from her husband’s possessive family. The two protagonists demonstrate that opposites attract and reading their love story develop is like watching a firework show. But  The Viscount Needs a Wife is not a plain love story. It is spiced with the mystery.  A threat is made to the royal family in London and someone is trying to prevent Braydon finding the truth.

The setting of this book makes you feel like you are a part of the noble families. And the language, while modern has a tone of class and elegance that artfully places the characters in the 17th century.

2. Falling for the Highlander – Lynsay Sands

Historical Romances - Falling For The Highlander
Lady Murine Carmichael has had a rough life, living in a house where her half-brother would drown in dept. So when she decides to escape, going alone through the countryside seems the best idea. On the road she is joined by the Dougall Buchanan, a brave Highlander. The chemistry between the two of them is powerful.

This love story is for all those who love heroic men and powerful women. The characters are well developed and the story is beautifully put together. Dougall’s need to protect Murine is emphasized but remarkable is that the heroine wants to save herself. Falling for the Highlander is a sensitive, steamy and full of witty dialogue, that is Lynsay Sands’ trademark, historical romance suitable for all readers who like independent heroines and tormented heroes.

Have you read Outlander, another highlander historical romance, yet? Click here for our short review.

3. The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons

Historical Romances - The Bronze Horseman
Tatiana and Dasha are sisters and best friends who share everything. When WW2 starts, Tatiana meets a brave and handsome solider in the Red Army named Alexander. As her family suffers because of the advancing war, Tatiana finds herself more smitten with the young solider. But life has other plans with their relationship, because her sister is also in love with Alexander.

This book is more than a love story. The historical setting, full of dramatic details, illustrates with accuracy how difficult it was for normal people to live in a crumbling Leningrad. The scenery is a beautiful frame for the love story that might leave you in tears.

4. The White Queen – Philippa Gregory

Romance Novel - The White Queen
Philippa Gregory gives the tumultuous Wars of the Roses a feminine voice through her intelligent and ambitious heroine, Elizabeth Woodville, known as The White Queen. She ascends to royalty by marrying a new crowned king and gives birth to two sons.  These become the missing princes of the Tower of London, and are a great mystery to historians nowadays.

The author fills the gap in history with savvy and intimate stories of the royal court and gives life to one of England’s biggest mysteries. The historical placement isn’t sacrificed by romance.  They are intertwined, artfully giving the reader a taste of pre-Tudors Era and also a page turning love story.

5. The Japanese Lover – Isabel Allende

Historical Romance Novel - The Japanese Lover
The Japanese Lover is a love story that transcends time. A young Alma Belasco is sent away to San Francesco from her native Poland when the Nazis invaded.  There she meets a Japanese boy, Ichimei Fukada and they rapidly fall in love. But after the Pearl Harbor attack, when all Japanese people are relocated to internment camps, they are forced apart. They reunite over and over again, but faith doesn’t want them to end up together.

The story told by an 80 year old Alma may break your heart.  It is not only about the love from far away, about about friendship, loss, fear and in the end, fulfillment as she lived a full life. Allende shows in this book how life is affected by war, even after the last bullet is shot. This is an amazing book that teaches the reader that proximity isn’t the most important thing when you love someone and that you should cherish the moments you are given with loved ones.

6. Princess of Fire – Heather Graham

Historical Romances - Princess of Fire
When the mighty Norman warrior, Alaric saves King Harold’s daughter Fallon, she knows that they are destined to end up together. But they didn’t meet at the battle of Hastings. They have a long history of explosive interactions. Alaric is Fallon’s enemy but the feeling he stirs in her is not of hate. With an alfa-male as a protagonist and a stubborn intelligent woman as the female lead, this novel is steamy and explosive.

Heather Graham stays true to the era and illustrates in detail bloody battle scenes. She knits the social reality of those times with this amazing love story of opposites being attracted to each other, even if their minds and status dictates otherwise.