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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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    Elizabeth Katy, TX, United States 09-24-12
    Elizabeth Katy, TX, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Momma MM NORWALK, CT, US 08-24-12
    Momma MM NORWALK, CT, US 08-24-12

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    Would you listen to The Whole-Brain Child again? Why?

    This book has so many valuable nuggets of information that you'll want to reference throughout parenting, that it's worth buying the book to be able to see some of the tables and charts. It's great information and what I liked most is that it balanced the neuroscience and the application of science perfectly, so that no concept was too theoretical - everything was highly practical and applicable to daily life.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannette Morgantown, WV, United States 10-01-12
    Jeannette Morgantown, WV, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A very helpful listen!"

    This book focuses on promoting the psycho-social development of your child(ren). Which, in my opinion, is of vital importance in today's culture. If you get this book thinking it will help you earn your kid a few more IQ points or improve her math grades, you'll have to take a step back and look at the big picture. Confident, secure, and articulate people are more likely to perform to their full potential in every aspect of their lives, than people who hold themselves back. This book provided useful tools that I have been able to apply successfully with my 3 year old son, as well as tools I am keeping in mind for when he is older. I highly recommend this book for anyone with children up through pre-adolescence. I think they have a separate book for the teen years.

    There is a male and female narrator who switch back and forth reading sections. The female narrator doesn't have a good voice for it, although she gives a flawless performance. But the pacing is fine. The sections that are meant for young kids are a little annoying to hear, and the appendix is a snooze. But otherwise the performance does not detract from the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Guatemala, Central America 06-18-12
    Amazon Customer Guatemala, Central America 06-18-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Must-Listen for all parents (and people!)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook teaches so much about HOW the brain works. I bought the book (paper) but having 8 kids...um...I rarely had time to read. So, I downloaded it and was able to listen to it while I did other things and...it's just worth the listen. I will listen to this again.


    What did you learn from The Whole-Brain Child that you would use in your daily life?

    One thing this book brought out...about the importance of "telling our story" was actually very important to me at the time I heard it. Shortly after listening to this...I lost my 3 year old at Disney. Formerly, I might have thought it good that she "forget" about it...but instead we told and retold that story to each other every day often for a long time...and she seems now to have no weird "fears" about being lost...


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    Jane MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH, United States 05-11-13
    Jane MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    What disappointed you about The Whole-Brain Child?

    The content here is just good judgement by parents. I was bored with this book, waiting for the meat and potatoes of it. I gave up before it ended so I guess maybe it was all at the very end. Possibly this book would have been better with more fluid and expressive narration. Just not impressed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Real Reader USA 09-22-12
    Real Reader USA 09-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting and useful."
    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
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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 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric C. Christe Valparaiso, IN. 05-10-14
    Eric C. Christe Valparaiso, IN. 05-10-14 Member Since 2014

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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 Member Since 2013
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    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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    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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