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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

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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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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    Jeannette 10-01-12
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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.

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    Momma MM NORWALK, CT, US 08-24-12
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    "It's so good, you should buy the print version"
    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.


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    Amazon Customer Guatemala, Central America 06-18-12
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    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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    "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.


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    Jason Buckner 01-26-15
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    "Get to know important kids in your life"

    So relatable. Helped me understand what my kids are thinking and what to say back.

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    "Excellent Read!"

    I learned so much about what it means to be a good parent and educator to children in all stages of development. I appreciated the high level of science-based research included in this book.

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    trashface killa Youngstown 03-24-16
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    "Wonderful book, genuine parents."
    Where does The Whole-Brain Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It along with the other books I've read by these authors continue to provide more usable and helpful information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whole-Brain Child?

    Not one, but many, OMG moments. But the best part was the first time I applied the information with my son. Amazing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Both authors make the listening easy and light. It's not like a textbook. They don't speak to just one audience. My 4 year old likes to listen to it because of the friendly, familiar tone they deliver with unlike others


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

    I always knew what not to do, but now I know what to do. And even as an adult how to apply it myself


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    "Great information!"

    With the information here I have now learned mindsight and how to not trigger unwanted behavior. Discipline is not punishment but a way to teach. I recommend this to everyone, wether you have children in your life or not. It may help you be more compassionate towards others.

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    perfect for first time parent's, the concepts are easy to understand, I have even try some of the exercises in my coworkers!

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    Catherine 05-02-15
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    We're becoming foster parents to school age kids and this book was a great help! Would highly recommend to any parents foster or otherwise.

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