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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind Paperback – September 11, 2012
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Advance praise for The Whole-Brain Child
“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.”—Publishers Weekly
“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 The Whole-Brain Child.”—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
“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., bestselling author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block
“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. I wish I had read it when my kids were young, but no one knew then what Siegel and Bryson share with us in an immensely practical way. This is my new baby gift.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other
“The Whole-Brain Child is chock-full of strategies for raising happy, resilient children. It offers powerful tools for helping children develop the emotional intelligence they will need to be successful in the world. Parents will learn ways to feel more connected to their children and more satisfied in their role as a parent. Most of all, The Whole-Brain Child helps parents teach kids about how their brain actually works, giving even very young children the self-understanding that can lead them to make good choices and, ultimately, to lead meaningful and joyful lives.”—Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness
“In their dynamic and readable new book, Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson sweep aside the old models of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ parenting to offer a scientific focus: the impact of parenting on brain development. Parents will certainly recognize themselves in the lively ‘aha’ anecdotes that fill these pages. More important, they will see how everyday empathy and insight can help a child to integrate his or her experience and develop a more resilient brain.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the bestselling Raising Cain
About the Author
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out and the author of Mindsight and the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind. Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and presents workshops throughout the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
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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The subtitle of “12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind” basically covers the sequence of the narrative. As the authors indicate the various parts are geared to parents and other caretakers in their children’s lives. Consistent with this intent, we got considerable benefit in understanding and working with young members of our extended family and their parents to help in our journey to survive and thrive.
It seems that such use of brain science in parenting is particularly important given what Camille Paglia has had to say about current dilemmas with individuals dealing with careers and balancing their personal lives in “Free Women, Free Men” (see my review). Siegel’s “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” also provides insights about that important time along with the path forward.
In addition to its practical value with the family, the book highlights and more fully illustrates the cultivation of ‘mindsight,’ mental health, and personal transformation or said another way functioning in a “whole brain” integrated manner. The extension of such a mode of operation might been seen to manifest itself into such works as Mitteldorf and Sagan’s “Cracking the Aging Code” and Desai’s “Wisdom of Finance” (see my reviews).
Among the parts that I found most helpful where the cartoon versions that illustrate the various nurturing strategies, the “Integrating Ourselves” sections that talk about related parent life and relationship matters, as well as the Refrigerator and Ages and Stages charts at the end. The whole-brain perspective indicates that the issues and mistakes are opportunities for growth and development as well as that our job is not to remove all difficulties, but to be present and connect with our children through the ups and downs of life.