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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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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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Informative!

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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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.

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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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.

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Not just for parents

This was a great read not only as a parent with a toddler, but as a human being! I appreciated the science - backed approach, combined with being relatable and readable by being full of examples and personal experiences along the way. Would highly recommend; I can't wait to use these approaches as a parent and in my own life. this is the kind of book I'd like to buy in hard copy so I can highlight and reread.

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Heavy Commuter!

This book provides excellent everyday relatable scenarios. Listening to this book before picking up my children really made me stop and listen to them much better.

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Very Informative

I simply wanted to rate the audiobook. I have no interest in writing a review and shouldn't be required to.