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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind Hardcover – 4 Oct 2011


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780553807912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807912
  • ASIN: 0553807919
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the best books I have read on how to parent - it goes to the top of my list! (Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters)

Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have created a masterful, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence. This brilliant method transforms everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments. Anyone who cares for children-or who loves a child-should read. (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.)

Siegel and Bryson reveal that an integrated brain with parts that cooperate in a coordinated and balanced manner creates a better understanding of self, stronger relationships, and success in school, among other benefits. With illustrations, charts, and even a handy "Refrigerator Sheet," the authors have made every effort to make brain science parent-friendly. (Publisher's Weekly)

"Fears? Fights? Frustrations? Help is here! Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson turn leading brain science into simple, smart-and effective-solutions to your child's struggles. (Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block)

Engaging read with fun illustrations. (Practical Parenting & Pregnacy's Book of the Month)

Very approachable and readable. (Claire Parker Child and Adolescent Mental Health 19, No. 1) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A pioneering and practical book for parents that explains the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By MarieR on 29 Mar 2012
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This is the first book solely dedicated to parenting that I have read. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have found it extremely beneficial on a number of fronts.
Firstly, as a parent, the book has equipped me with numerous useful strategies for dealing with survive moments and helping my children develop into well rounded, confident people who understand both their own feelings and those of others.
Secondly, the sections for kids are ingenious in my opinion. I have shared them with my four and five year olds and they "get" them. Much of the vocabulary from the book is now integrated into our every day family conversations. The kids are learning to see signs before they flip their lids. Even if they have gone past the point of no return and do flip their lids, once things have calmed down and they are rational again, they want to discuss the incident and learn from it. They are also happy to tell my husband and me when we have flipped our lids and when we are not in the centre of our rivers of wellbeing!
Thirdly, we are all now using mindsight to help us understand how others are feeling.
Discussions about our actions, our feelings and the feelings of others bring us closer together and help us to grow as individuals and as a family. Its a thoroughly useful book for parents and families.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By hanno on 10 April 2014
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This book saved both my life and my baby

Coming from an abused childhood this book and another from the same author helped understand my self and to understand my baby girl.

I cannot express how it changed my life, my views and perceptive of parenting changed dramatically to the best.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mother and Neuro-therapist from Oxfordshire on 17 Mar 2014
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Really works. And explains things in a way that makes highly complex neurobiological processes accessible to the lay person. Daniel Siegal is the genius and pioneering writer./researcher in to the neurobiology of Attachment.

Attachment is all the rage, these days, amongst anyone interested in child rearing. But getting a real grip on what is happening in the brain of you infant, toddler, child and teenager - and how to "emotion coach" them in to better states, is something that has rarely been explained well.

It is all about recognizing that emotion high-jack the right brain and flood the child's system. The only way to negotiate this successfully as a parent (teacher etc), is to use empathy to speak to the child's right brain and then, once you have formed a connection and created a degree of calm to begin to activate the left part of the child's brain. This is the part of the brain that deals with logic and language and reason.

A really, really important and true - Neuroscience based - guidebook for all parents and people who work with children in how to teach better emotional regulation, increase executive function and modify affect - AND ALL WITHOUT USING ANY OF THOSE BIG FANCY WORDS!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2012
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As a father of three sons and a daughter and one of the grandfathers of their ten children, I can certainly understand what Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have in mind while discussing moments of extreme stress for parents when their children become infuriating and intolerable. That is why I was intrigued by their explanation of the power of the "whole-brain approach" during all manner of touchpoints in parent-child relationships. That power is especially helpful in "the moments you are just trying to survive" because it creates "opportunities to help your child to thrive." In fact, the 12 strategies that Siegal and Bryson recommend can be effective for almost [begin italics] anyone [end italics] who has direct and frequent contact with children, including teachers, coaches, and clergy as well as parents and other relatives.

In fact, with only minor modification, I think they can be beneficial to interactive relationships between and among adults, especially to those within a workplace.

"What's great about this survive-and-thrive approach is that you don't have to try to carve out special time to help your children thrive. You can use [begin italics] all [end italics] of the interactions you share - the stressful, angry ones as well as the miraculous, adorable ones - as opportunities to help them become the responsible, caring, capable people you want them to be. That's what this book is about: using those everyday moments with your kids to help them reach their true potential.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Hueting on 3 Jan 2013
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I obtained a copy of this book shortly after it was published in October 2011. The foster carers with whom I was working found its contents amazingly helpful and recommended the book to others.
Easily understandable material for non-neuroscientists.
Unlike parenting books, parents learn they can change their brains too.
Easily remembered techniques for managing child's behaviour
The examples and illustrations make it easy to teach children about their brains.
Essentially, application of the knowledge contained in this book makes for a better quality of living.for all human beings.
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