The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 4, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 192 pages

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than 1 million copies in print! • 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.
 
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—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 throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. 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.            
 
Complete with 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.

“[A] useful child-rearing resource for the entire family . . . The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Strategies for getting a youngster to chill out [with] compassion.”—The Washington Post

“This erudite, tender, and funny book is filled with fresh ideas based on the latest neuroscience research. I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other

“Gives parents and teachers ideas to get all parts of a healthy child’s brain working together.”—Parent to Parent

 

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User Review  - MarkBaumann - LibraryThing

By Dan Siegel, one of my favorite parenting books, as of 2015. Strategies are based on neuroscience, attachment, and childhood development. The 12 strategies are everyday ideas and the book is easy to ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

skimmed it; liked the approach which is not so "revolutionary" if you have read and used the strategies of Adele Faber in How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, How to Talk to Teens..., How To Talk so Kids Can Learn Read full review

Contents

PARENTING WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND
3
TWO BRAINS ARE BETTER THAN ONE Integrating the Left
14
BUILDING THE STAIRCASE OF THE MIND Integrating the Upstairs
37
KILL THE BUTTERFLIES Integrating Memory for Growth and Healing
66
THE UNITED STATES OF ME Integrating the Many Parts of the Self
92
THE MEWE CONNECTION Integrating Self and Other
119
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
145
Refrigerator Sheet
151
Acknowledgments
169
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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Brainstorm, Mind, and, with Tina Payne Bryson, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. He is also the author of the bestsellers Mindsight and, with Mary Hartzell, Parenting from the Inside Out. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, with welcome visits from their adult son and daughter.

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting consultant, and the director of parenting education and development for the Mindsight Institute. A frequent lecturer to parents, educators, and professionals, she lives near Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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