The Whole-brain Child

The Whole-brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child's Developing Mind

Book - 2012
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The authors explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures, along with advice on how to put this information to work in raising happier, calmer children.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2012.
Edition: Bantam Books Trade Paperback Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780553386691
Branch Call Number: 649.1019 SI
Characteristics: xiii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bryson, Tina Payne - Author


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Kirkus Review: Authors dissect the different sections of the brain and offer useful parental tools that can limit temper tantrums as well as ensure well-rounded development. The authors, both of Los Angeles' Mindsight Institute, reveal 12 "whole-brain" strategies the entire family shoul... Read More »

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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!

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

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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