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:
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.
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.
The breakdown of brain anatomy in simple terms of relation to our children at their various developmental stages.
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.
The endless moments of "A-hah" or "man, I could have done better."
Great Book. Must have for all parents. You owe it to your kids!!!!!!!!
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:)
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.
Stages of development are related to actual cases to demonstrate what is happening in the brain as well as strategies for each stage.
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.
It has lots of practical advice and relatable stories.
I can listen to the book with my son on the commute to work.
The idea of connecting first and then redirecting the behavior.
I really enjoyed the authors' reading of this book. The information and helpful examples of how you can help your child bridge his downstairs and upstairs brain were superb.
This book is practical and based on state of the art brain science. An excellent read for parents of children of all ages.
yes, it may help them. I can't get mine to come out of the lizard brain..
give me a quick fix!
yes, some things helped a little.
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