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Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment [Hardcover]

Daniel A. Hughes , Jonathan Baylin , Daniel J. Siegel
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20 April 2012
In this groundbreaking exploration of the brain mechanisms behind healthy caregiving, attachment specialist Daniel A. Hughes and veteran clinical psychologist Jonathan Baylin guide readers through the intricate web of neuronal processes, hormones, and chemicals that drive and sometimes thwart our caregiving impulses, uncovering the mysteries of the parental brain. The biggest challenge to parents, Hughes and Baylin explain, is learning how to regulate emotions that arise feeling them deeply and honestly while staying grounded and aware enough to preserve the parent child relationship. Stress, which can lead to blocked or dysfunctional care, can impede our brain s inherent caregiving processes and negatively impact our ability to do this. While the parent child relationship can generate deep empathy and the intense motivation to care for our children, it can also trigger self-defensive feelings rooted in our early attachment relationships, and give rise to unparental impulses. Learning to be a good parent is contingent upon learning how to manage this stress, understand its brain-based cues, and respond in a way that will set the brain back on track. To this end, Hughes and Baylin define five major systems of caregiving as they re linked to the brain, explaining how they operate when parenting is strong and what happens when good parenting is compromised or blocked. With this awareness, we learn how to approach kids with renewed playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy, re-regulate our caregiving systems, foster deeper social engagement, and facilitate our children s development. Infused with clinical insight, illuminating case examples, and helpful illustrations, Brain-Based Parenting brings the science of caregiving to light for the first time. Far from just managing our children s behavior, we can develop our parenting brains, and with a better understanding of the neurobiological roots of our feelings and our own attachment histories, we can transform a fraught parent-child relationship into an open, regulated, and loving one."

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (20 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393707288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393707281
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing with warmth and sensitivity, Hughes and Baylin traverse the great divide between neuroscience and practice, helping both clinicians and parents understand the brain mechanisms that may disrupt and block them from loving and supporting their children. Not only does the book promote better parenting, but it provides insights into the relationship between the therapist and parent. --Stephen Porges, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Brain Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of The Polyvagal Theory (08/09/2012)"

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5.0 out of 5 stars One step beyond 19 Dec 2012
A delightfully well written account of how we can refocus the meaning of our interactions with children. Given that many of us work with and claim children who have not had the best early life experiences the book supports the reader to reconsider how a child arrived at the point we find them and how we can support and guide towards more positive patterns of behaviour.

I was lucky enought to hear both Authors speak of their research through a delightful Fostering Agency named Fosterplus who had them guest at a conference. Should you have the opportunity to do likewise with whatever Agecny/Authority I wholly recommend it.
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This is a really well organised and well written book which shows how the most up do date knowledge about the brain backs up "common sense" and loving parenting. Really usefulfor parents, foster parents, socialworkers, early years practitioners and teachers,
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This is an excellent book for both professionals and parents. After reading my copy I immediately bought another copy and gave it to a mother I am working with. It links neuroscience and attachment focused work in a very helpful way.
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What a brilliant way of thinking about parenting. Has been useful on so many levels! I would really recommend this book to anyone even vaguely interested in children and relationships. For those of us who aren't too keen on the academic and heady details - this is great, accessible and has lovely diagrams to support understanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The brain is amazing 14 April 2014
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I'm currently working with vulnerable parents who have suffered considerably at the hands of there family. This book was recommended and is really enlightening as to capacity and why?? A must read and great for reference
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