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on January 22, 2012
Dan Siegel's Whole-Brain Child is a truly practical parenting guide. The title does NOT say it all! Although the techniques in the book are based on solid brain science, that is not the book's greatest appeal. Rather, the book is excellent because it offers parents specific, easy-to-use strategies that they will be able to immediately apply - strategies that will help elicit their child's cooperation while simultaneously helping to build the child's "emotional intelligence." The cartoon instructions are a big bonus, helping to clarify the intervention for both parents and kids. In fact, Siegel has taken a unique approach of explaining the techniques to both adult readers and their children - something rarely (ever?) seen in parenting books. I particularly like the way Siegel shows us both what NOT to do and then what TO do. He makes the material easy and fun to learn. Siegel's techniques give parents tools to help their kids think and feel better. This is a wonderful book that I will be recommending to my own clients and students.
Sarah Chana Radcliffe, author "Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice." Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice
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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.
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on September 3, 2012
I would highly recommend this book for anyone. It offers practical, easy to read information about brain development and how it impacts behaviour. I am anxious for the one on teen brain development to be published.The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
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on February 16, 2013
This book not only has reader friendly explanations of the latest brain research, it also tells parents/teachers how to apply this knowledge with practical strategies to help nurture and guide our children. Is a must read for parents to be and adults of all ages. I'll be using and teaching these strategies to my students to help them manage anxiety, feel good about themselves and improve attention and learning. We are using MindUp in my classroom and not only do teachers and students "love it", it has truly helped children feel calmer and be more attentive.
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on January 9, 2013
A terrific book full of concrete suggestions to help you develop your childs brain. East to read even the technical info. Loved the illustrations and explanations.
A great resource for any family.
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on March 23, 2014
Love the simplicity and easy strategies for helping kids use their "upper" and "lower" brains! There is great information on helping adults help children to integrate memories, too.
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on September 8, 2013
I liked how Dan Siegel speaks to parents in a direct way. As if he is connected to them personally.
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on February 14, 2016
Wow! Thank you. I only wish i read this before I gave birth, so i could have started using this information from the beginning. So easily and simply explained. This is an amazing book. I feel like it made me a better person, as to how i handle certain situations. You will be very pleased with this book.
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on September 21, 2015
Excellent, easy to read, but quite profound in the conceptual basis of the teachings. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand that their reactions are their issues and how to respond in healthy ways to their children's developmental challenges.
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on December 5, 2015
Smart book, useful for all parents. Our daughter is still quite young, nearly 1.5, and some concepts a bit advanced for a pre-toddler. Have a feeling this is one we will return to often as she gets older.
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