The Whole-brain Child

The Whole-brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child's Developing Mind

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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.
 
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



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.

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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)

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780553807912
0553807919
Branch Call Number: Juv 649.1 S571
Characteristics: xiii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bryson, Tina Payne
Alternative Title: Whole brain child

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RayeLiu2011
Feb 27, 2019

This book is amazingly powerful and practical tool kit for every parent and themselves! I would like to read it, re-read it and relive the principles and strategies. Extremely strongly recommend this book to everyone! Enjoy, guys, and see how it enhances your relationship with kids and your own relationship with the world!

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kristen555
Jan 06, 2019

i was 10 on hold but the waiting-for-this-extremely-slow-book was worth it

ArapahoeBetsy 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

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ellajean
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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