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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 | [Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Personal Development, 2013

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.

The “upstairs brain”, which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And, especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem - and feel - so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including:

  • Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain’s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.
  • Engage, Don’t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.
  • Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child’s emotional state.
  • Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.
  • SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.
  • Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.

Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

©2012 Daniel J Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Mike Handy 02-02-15
    Mike Handy 02-02-15
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    "Really useful"


    Revolutionary! This book helps you understand your own and your child's mind.
    Great for parents that had a rough childhood.

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    Deme 01-27-15
    Deme 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "stop and think"

    hard to finish.. stories where good for examples.. but getting to the point would have been better. overall it was interesting information and helped me understand how the brain worked in a growing human.. Lol. not tangible with some applications but great to make you stop and think

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    Seth Tampa, FL 12-26-14
    Seth Tampa, FL 12-26-14 Member Since 2010

    I like my horizons expansive and my details thorough. I enjoy reading about self-improvement, psychology, behavior change, technology, sociology, sci-fi, fantasy, history, cognitive science and other emerging sciences. I have a technology and business background and I'm an active gamer on most platforms available.

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    "Poor narration ahead with lots of repetition"

    Poor narration ahead with lots of repetition. If you are familiar with neuroscience then you can skip this book.

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    Aubrey CUT OFF, LA, United States 09-24-14
    Aubrey CUT OFF, LA, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great information about the brain and parenting!"

    This book is easy to understand and very informative on how the brain works. It explains how the left, right, lower and upper brain need to work together in order to live a happy, healthy life. The authors teach parents how to understand their children and respond in an appropriate manner. I highly recommend this book for anyone who works with children, especially all parents!

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    SheLooksBrooks TX 08-01-14
    SheLooksBrooks TX 08-01-14
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    "Parent-Changing, Kid-Empowering"
    What did you love best about The Whole-Brain Child?

    Siegel brings brain science to the dinner table. With easy-to-understand explanations, easy-to-teach approaches (can you say "cartoon drawings"?), and easy-to-implement strategies, this is a must-have for parents, teachers, and all who influence children.


    What other book might you compare The Whole-Brain Child to and why?

    Works in tandem with books like "The Connected Child" (for parents of adopted and foster kids), as well as Curt Thompson's "Anatomy of the Soul"


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss out on the best brain science book for kids out there.

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    Eric C. Christe Valparaiso, IN. 05-10-14
    Eric C. Christe Valparaiso, IN. 05-10-14 Member Since 2015

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    "WE ALL NEED THIS BOOK!"
    If you could sum up The Whole-Brain Child in three words, what would they be?

    The book gives you options. Many constructive options that parents can use. Discipline is considered an opportunity to educate your children and let them acknowledge input to put to future use. I was raised with the typical "do it or else" I raised my oldest children that way, however, I realize that this way was uneducated and convenient. The younger children are experiencing the teachings of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breakdown of brain anatomy in simple terms of relation to our children at their various developmental stages.


    What about Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson ’s performance did you like?

    The readings of these two made it easy to listen to and one continued on to the other with important information very smoothly. I would liken their reading to a very good foreign language program. I was dreading the anatomy lesson, however, this was simple, useful, and fun.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The endless moments of "A-hah" or "man, I could have done better."


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book. Must have for all parents. You owe it to your kids!!!!!!!!

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    Tonya Conway, AR, United States 01-04-14
    Tonya Conway, AR, United States 01-04-14
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    "Really makes you stop and think!"
    Would you listen to The Whole-Brain Child again? Why?

    YES. Over and Over! Because I want to pay attention to and reward upstairs thinking of myself and others. I want to be whole brained too:) Great advice and very practical applications. Loved all the examples:)


    Have you listened to any of Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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    J Riverton, WV, United States 11-27-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nothing new"

    The book was well narrated but told me nothing new or "mind blowing". Basic behavior modification with brain development rolled in. Not bad information but nothing really useful.

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    Teri 09-15-13
    Teri 09-15-13

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    "Very Helpful for Parents & those who help parents"

    Stages of development are related to actual cases to demonstrate what is happening in the brain as well as strategies for each stage.

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    D Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-10-13
    D Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Dan Siegel"

    I love anything by Dan Siegel. Check out Mindsight and Mindfullness and the Brain. Such mind blowing information and the guided meditations that comes with Mindfullness and the Brain are super useful.

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