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The Whole-Brain Child Audiobook

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

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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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    Wendy 04-12-15
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    "Great book!"

    I loved the samples given, amd the reinteration of the strategies at the end😊. All straregies are easy to understand.

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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 08-31-12
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    I've read Mindsight 6 months ago. And I thought this one would be an interesting pick. I got disappointed. Too much psychology and too little brain science. Repetitive and slow. I had to put at 1 and 1/2 speed to enjoy the listening. There better books out there.

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    Elizabeth Katy, TX, United States 09-24-12
    Elizabeth Katy, TX, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad narrators repeat the same points over and over"
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    Female narrator was so bad. I couldn't stand listening to her. I had to forward through her parts. Male narrator was ok but not great.


    What could Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was so repetitive! Waste of money. It could have been one chapter long.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nasally annoying female voice. Please get someone else.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Whole-Brain Child?

    Chapters 2-end


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    Amanda 09-02-12
    Amanda 09-02-12

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "How many times can we say BRAIN?"

    I hated this book. It is not that it does not offer good parenting suggestions, in fact it does offer reasonable suggestions. It just over-simplified the topic. The authors said BRAIN so many times I couldn't take it anymore.

    If the human brain is a completely foreign concept to you, and you like hearing the word brain every 10 words to keep you on topic, then maybe this book is for you.

    If you are familiar with the basic concepts of the human brain, where it is located for example, then this book may be too simplistic for you. Perhaps the authors could write a less dumbed down version where they refer to the human brain with a pronoun every once in a while, then personally I think the book would be a lot less irritating. If they did that I would love to continue to listen to their solid parenting advice.

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    Claire 01-16-17
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    There were some solid concepts, but the narration was dry, and it just seemed to drag on too repetitively. I had a lot higher hopes, as a counselor recommended this to me. The summary chart chapters by age at the end of the book would have made a great podcast that would have covered enough.

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    Amazon Customer U.S. 12-30-16
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    "Painfully Narrated"

    There's some interesting tidbits of research in here but overall this book reads like a 9th grade science project.

    Moreover, the elementary style of content is highlighted by the books narrators. Tina's reading voice is particularly nauseating. I couldn't take it, horrible.

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    every parent should listen to it! I'm using the techniques now on my 3 year old and 6 year.

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    Erin 11-05-16
    Erin 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Useful for understanding and helping my toddler"

    The information in this books is very applicable. It is explained in simple, easy to remember terms and includes strategies with examples. This book will be a great resource for many years to come. I didn't like one of the narrators and had a difficult time listening because she paused every 5 syllables as she was reading.

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    suzanne gero 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Strategic parenting trauma kids or not!"

    I felt this book educated me in current understanding of the parts of the brain and the need to be integrated and balanced left and right up and down.

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    "12 interesting strategies in a very nice narrative"

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The chapters follows very well and I liked the strategies that have been described. The last chapters that focus on the strategies per age group were very helpful. The narrators were excellent (The authors)

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