The Whole-brain Child
12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child's Developing MindBook - 2011
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book.
“Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.”—Harvey Karp, M.D.
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 bestselling 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.
• 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.
Baker & Taylor
Outlines twelve key strategies for fostering healthy brain development in children to promote a calm and happy outlook, explaining how challenging child behaviors are rooted in immature left and right brain coordination and how parents can make informed adjustments to enable positive learning experiences.
In what is presented as an antidote to expert approaches that stress achievement at any cost, Siegel (psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine) and Bryson (pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist, Arcadia, CA) explain how parents can use everyday interactions with children to help them thrive. The guide includes practical suggestions based on findings about the developing brain (e.g., on integrating the impulsive "downstairs" brain with the more reflective "upstairs" brain), illustrative cartoons, and a chart summarizing applications of these strategies at each age and developmental stage. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Outlines 12 key strategies for fostering healthy brain development in children to promote a calm and happy outlook, explaining how challenging child behaviors are rooted in immature left and right brain coordination and how parents can make informed adjustments to enable positive learning experiences.