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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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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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Bad narrators repeat the same points over and over

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.

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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?

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14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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A must read for every parent!

This book was extremely helpful with the reaccurring chaos of raising 3 kids under the age of 6. Understanding the root of the problem has gone a long way to reducing my stress level and my kids are less stressed too. I would highly recommend this book to any parent.

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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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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.

17 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Excellent strategies

Have been using the techniques taught in this book with my children and it's paying huge dividends. Thanks!!!!!

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Awesome book, must read for all parents

I loved all the techniques to apply
My daughter deserves to grow happier and better developed

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wholesome and helpful

This book was difficult to finish because there were so many helpful portions that I had to keep reviewing. This is a must-read for parents and primary child care providers. Complex points are simplified for the layperson.

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12 intuitive ideas packaged as revolutionary

I like the book and the narration. I am not in disagreement with the information presented. I suggest one keeps an eye on the strategies presented in the book and implements them. Yet for a book published in 2011, claiming that these ideas are revolutionary is too much of an overselling. If they were revolutionary there should be at least one reference to a different opinion. (There are indeed but none mentioned in the book). Finally, I didn’t find the overly simplistic dialogues credible in which each kid speaks like a thoughtful adult after the first sentence, and didn’t like that author’s trademark word mindsight is squeezed everywhere although there are better conventional word options.

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amazing incite

this book is definitely helpful in terms of offering strategies to help children develop in a healthy manner.