The Whole-brain Child

The Whole-brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child's Developing Mind

eBook - 2011
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"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..."--From print ed.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780553907254
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 176 p.) : ill.
Subjects: Parent and child.
Child rearing.
Child development.
Electronic books.
Additional Contributors: Bryson, Tina Payne


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AL_BETSY Oct 27, 2017

Strategies for developing a child's emotional intelligence, including ways to cope with tantrums, fears, and frustrations. Helpful!

ksoles Sep 20, 2013

Siegel and Bryson's "The Whole-Brain Child" offers an insightful, useful parenting resource that provides tools to ensure well-rounded development. The authors reveal 12 “whole-brain” strategies, suggesting that, the more we know about how the human brain operates, the more we can do to shape and direct it in difficult times.

Most readers will have familiarity with the concept of “right brain” vs. “left brain” but the book also distinguishes between the “upstairs” (cognition) and the “downstairs" (automation). Ideally, all of these parts work together harmoniously; tantrums and meltdowns occur when one part of the brain temporarily takes over, causing “dis-integration.” The book thus aims to help both children and adults re-intigrate their brains.

The authors accessibly include a fair amount of brain science, presenting it for both adult and child audiences. They summarize each strategy into comics form at the end of each chapter and include an appendix, which serves as a handy reference guide.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GG 430 S 2011

Jul 10, 2012

Enjoyed the book, but the writing was a bit too explanatory and analogous for ideas that were straightforward.

A must read book by parents. The twelve strategies at the end of the book really helps to survive and hopefully to thrive from parenting struggles.


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