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.
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.
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.
This book was so repetitive! Waste of money. It could have been one chapter long.
Nasally annoying female voice. Please get someone else.
I love (audio)books.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
Feelings are a state of mind, and temporary, rather than a fixed personality trait. This is a useful and freeing idea.
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.
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.
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.
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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