The Whole-Brain Child
12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
By Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel Siegel
A pioneering and practical book for parents that explains the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures.
In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. Different parts of a child's brain develop at different speeds and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and raise calmer, happier children.
Featuring clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child will help your children to lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives 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.
Dr Daniel J. Siegel is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He has written several acclaimed books including Parenting from the Inside Out, The Mindful Brain, Mindsight and The Developing Mind.
Dr Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates. She serves as the Director of Parenting Education and Development for the Mindsight Institute and has conducted research exploring attachment science, child-rearing theory and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.
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16 Aug 2012
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One of the best books I have read on how to parent - it goes to the top of my list! — Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters
Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have created a masterful, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence. This brilliant method transforms everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments. Anyone who cares for children-or who loves a child-should read. — Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.
Siegel and Bryson reveal that an integrated brain with parts that cooperate in a coordinated and balanced manner creates a better understanding of self, stronger relationships, and success in school, among other benefits. With illustrations, charts, and even a handy "Refrigerator Sheet," the authors have made every effort to make brain science parent-friendly. — Publisher's Weekly
"Fears? Fights? Frustrations? Help is here! Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson turn leading brain science into simple, smart-and effective-solutions to your child's struggles. — Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block
Engaging read with fun illustrations. — Practical Parenting & Pregnacy’s Book of the Month
Very approachable and readable. — Claire Parker, Child and Adolescent Mental Health 19, No. 1