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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

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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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    Darrell McCauley 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thankful for 1.5X speed"

    Slooooow reading by narrators. Thank goodness for the variable playback speed In the Audible app. Good content for parenting.

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    Amazon Customer 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very helpful when dealing with kids "

    grade audiobook I have used the concept of connect the right brain to the left brain and it works pretty well. I also like the name it to tame it because the emotion will eventually work its way through it'll pass it's a great concept and it works pretty well with kids in visualizing the parts of the brain.

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    T. Allen Ohio 09-18-17
    T. Allen Ohio 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great info! Change speed to 1.25"

    I learned a lot of great parenting strategies from this book and would definitely recommend it. To improve your listening experience, change the speed to 1.25. They must slow these down for some reason.

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    Sp 09-18-17
    Sp 09-18-17
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    "Narrator was depressing to listen to. "

    I'm sure the book had good information, but the narrator had such a harsh and monotone voice, that I had to stop listening. It was depressing to listen to.

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    Stephanie 09-13-17
    Stephanie 09-13-17
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    "Informative"

    Sure pointed out what I struggle with as a parent but then again feels like I could use those strategies on myself. God knows I wasn't parented that way...do these people exist? Was my first thought. How wonderful, I succeeded in harming my only son so far from crappy parenting references I have but now that I know better will do better...even if I am awkward in implementing the new info. can't be any worse than what I am doing now. Hopefully, I can undo the damage I caused. If all I take away from this book is the following, than my parenting skills have just been raised a few notches. It all comes down to making the other person feel heard and validated. Fantastic right? Because this doesn't change no matter how old we are. So it can be practiced on everyone. Yay!!

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    Candice Luksch 09-05-17
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    "Relatable"

    Almost ever scenario they illustrated in the book I had to chuckle because it is our family to a T. Lots of great tools to put in play, excited for the progress that's already been made in regards to understanding emotions and outbursts.

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    K D 09-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "too many examples and repetitions in my opinion"

    too many examples and repetitions in my opinion. listened on 1.5 speed. I did get some good ideas.

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    Vij 08-29-17
    Vij 08-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    A master piece of integration of science and art of parenting. Gave me lot of ideas which me and my wife immediately implemented and got the positive results. Also whole brain perspective changed the way I see child's tantrums and handle those. Thank you.

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    Matthew D Sunderland 08-27-17
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    "Difficult to listen to"
    What three words best describe Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson ’s performance?

    The readers' performances leave much to be desired. It's slow and just sounds like someone is reading the sentences to you.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend the print version over the audio.

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    Kelsie Lallak 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "definitely a positive approach to parenting"

    Easy to listen to and follow along. Wonderful real life examples. Authors do not shame parents for using other methods but rather explain why these methods have benefits.

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