Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel; Tina Payne Bryson
Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your eleven-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 brain calling the shots.
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling 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-twenties. 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, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, 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.
'Siegel and 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
Daniel J. Siegel http://drdansiegel.com/ received his medical degree from Harvard University and is a practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. There, he is a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed books The Developing Mind, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist. He is also the author of Mindsight, co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell), and co-author of The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson).