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The Whole Brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your 11-year-old sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No — it’s just their developing brains calling the shots. 

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel - neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight - and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining 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-20s. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain.

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. With clear explanations and age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

©2012 Daniel J Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Excellent science based resource

I much prefer books with a solid scientific backing which made this an excellent book for me. Practical, evidence-based advice and strategies to help me be a better parent.

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I found the female voice to be too monotone. I'm sorry to say that but its just hard to take in like that.

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A must-read for parents

Essential information for any parent - or any human! Practical strategies which can be applied immediately with astounding results. Helpful for adults trying to be better communicators, partners, and people, as well as parents striving to raise happy, healthy and secure kids. My only quibble is that the narration gets a bit stilted. It's narrated by the authors, who are brilliant researchers and therapists, but the delivery lacks a bit of oomph.

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i can not believe this book as such good review

The neuroscience in this book is outdated. I did not bother finishing the book but i believe it can be summarize as follows:
listen to you children, help them explore their feelings and repeat

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brilliant

easy to follow. great strategies, examples and practical support for parents, teachers and professionals. updated information

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Good content but badly narrated

Had to listen at 1.5 times speed because of drawing voices. Although I appreciate the authors reading their own books, sometimes I find it ruins the listening experience.

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Every parent should read this!

Loved this such practical tools for parenting! Easy to share with your partner and family members too

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Great info for parents

Overall a very good book with clear, easy to follow content and concepts. I discussed the Wheel of Awareness with my son and it's been a great tool and eased some difficult behaviours. The only downfall is that the authors' narration is quite monotone and is simply them reading aloud the book, which means it takes some persistence by the reader to really focus on what's being said.

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Great parenting book

I really enjoyed this, and found it extremely helpful. Great strategies I can try immediately.

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Amazing and so so helpful

Every parent needs to hear this. absolutely amazing, and so greatfull to have been able to hear it