How to get your kid into Harvard

Babies, for all their cuteness, have the potential to wreak havoc on marriages. Within six months of the birth of the first baby there is a ninefold increase in toxic marital conflict, says John Medina, author of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School. In fact, having a baby is a risk factor for behaviors that eventually end in divorce, he says in this article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Babies require work (aka parenting). But where does a new parent, or parent-to-be, learn how to parent? Last year more than 250,000 of them learned good parenting practices from Parents as Teachers.

According to Medina, the greatest predictor of academic success is the emotional stability of the household. “You want to get your kid into Harvard? Go home and love your wife.”

Medina was the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, a Seattle-based research center originally focused on how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular, and molecular levels. He’ll be speaking at the Parents as Teachers annual conference in St. Louis on November 11. Tickets are $40.


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