Wiring a Child's Brain: Key Parenting Points

First few years

• Talk to your toddler as much as possible.
• If you can manage it, do not send your child to day care until he or she is at least two.
• Try to be responsive to the needs of your child rather than your own.
• Always treat your child the way you would like to be treated in return.

Each chapter of Tomorrow's Baby concludes with a set of key parenting points such as these. Points are excerpted from Tomorrow's Baby: The Art and Science of Parenting from Conception through Infancy.

About the author: Thomas R. Verny, M.D., D. Psych., FRCPC is the author of six books, including Tomorrow's Baby and thirty-five papers and articles. In 1998, he collaborated with Sandra Collier to create Love Chords, a compilation of classical music for pregnancy published by The Children's Group of Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Verny is a psychiatrist and the founder of the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (now known as the APPPAH), which he served as president for eight years. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of prenatal and perinatal development at St. Mary's University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Dr. Verny has lectured and given workshops on prenatal and perinatal psychology throughout the world. He has also discussed his research on many major radio and television programs, as well as in newspaper and magazine interviews. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife.

Copyright © Thomas Verny. Permission to publish granted to Pregnancy.org, LLC.