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Real Reader

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  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

    Elizabeth says: "Bad narrators repeat the same points over and over"
    "Interesting and useful."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Whole-Brain Child the most enjoyable?

    This text explains how to apply the authors' studies of the plasticity of the brain to develop and integrate your child's (and your own) mind. It's intelligent and clear, and I couldn't stop listening!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Whole-Brain Child?

    Feelings are a state of mind, and temporary, rather than a fixed personality trait. This is a useful and freeing idea.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Melissa Francis
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
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    (34)
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    (37)

    When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family on the world’s most famous prime-time soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother.

    Jane C. Bailey says: "Awesome book - really enjoyed it."
    "Compassion?"
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    What would have made Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter better?

    I kept waiting for Melissa to grow up and out of her spoiled tone, but she didn't. Instead, this is like a burn book against her mother, and really everyone (nobody is safe from her judgment). While I would have expected her to look back critically at her mother's behavior, with a sense of understanding, she instead judges her mother, her sister, her friends and neighbors, and basically everyone except her father. Wow, this is just such a spoiled narrator!! I am sure the actual actress went through more hardship than this, but the tone of the text is off-putting.


    What could Melissa Francis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    To improve this narrative, she could have told it from an adult perspective, offering -- at least at times-- a sense of how she, as an adult, understood who raised her and how hard they were working for her. The point of this book is that her mother was awful. She tells us about her mother's failings (even saying she wore the same shirt two days in a row or didn't clean their house enough so the rugs were worn...), but never reflects about her mother with real compassion or addresses her situation from a mature perspective. Her mother didn't meet her high expectations (and she had real, shocking, failings according to this book), but... wow, to write this book about her... that's really pretty awful. NOT because the book is scandalous or interesting... just petty, immature, and off-putting. I wish I'd spent my money elsewhere.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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