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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-20

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The neuroscience in this book is outdated.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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  • Kristi
  • 08-28-19

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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  • Songmin
  • 12-03-19

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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  • Eloise
  • 08-26-19

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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  • Matthew F.
  • 11-26-19

Good

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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  • 07-21-20

Repetitive

A bit repetitive. A large part of it basically says ask your children open ended questions to get them to think about things.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-19

brilliant

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

A must read for any parent

Reading this book has changed my life. My relationships with my children has become so much stronger and closer. I couldn't recommend this book enough. Even if you don't have children of your own, this book will help you understand yourself on a deeper level.

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  • Bianca Stinson
  • 06-27-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

For every parent!

Whether you’re planning to have children or have them already, this book is fundamental in teaching us about our children needs. It also helps us, as parents identify our needs and gives us strategies to utilise the whole brain child theory. Excellent book. I wished I had have read it years ago.