The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

January 7, 2020 - Comment

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

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 12 key strategies, including: 

Name It to Tame It: corral raging right-brain behaviour 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. 

Comments

Anonymous says:

Mixing science with child development & integration The most useful parenting book read thus far. The authors clearly explain child developmental challenges with brain activity without deep diving into the science. If anything, reading this book makes you appreciate that our little ones can only do so much with the brain they have and it’s up to us as parents to guide them to realising their full potential over the years. You will become more patient with tantrums, patient that they prefer blue socks over green and you will appreciate sharing…

Anonymous says:

Just read a summary of the book Not that great. I just kept hearing aNorth American accent as I was reading it… too much waffle and seemed repetitive. I could have read a summary of points instead of wasting time reading the whole book.

Anonymous says:

A must-read for all parents Easy to read and such useful information. They give you the background/science and then age-appropriate solutions to each problem you might encounter. I especially like the chapter about tantrums and how to deal with them.I’ve referred back to it a few times to remind myself of the key points and I suspect I’ll be doing so for many years to come.

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