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

What we like:

The book's goals - The goal of the book is to manage and engage in the emotional life of the child. It helps parents to teach children how to integrate left and right brain as well as logical and emotional thinking. Intended Audience - This book specifically states that it is geared towards parents and other caregivers.

What could be better:

This book assumes the child is typical and has no atypical challenges. The scenarios discussed are fairly optimistic.

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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.

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