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Summary

In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. Different parts of a child's brain develop at different speeds, and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and raise calmer, happier children. 

Featuring clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child will help your children to lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives using 12 key strategies, including: 

Name It to Tame It: corral raging right-brain behaviour through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain's affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension. 

Engage, Don't Enrage: keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting. 

Move It or Lose It: use physical activities to shift your child's emotional state. 

Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go. 

SIFT: help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible. 

Connect Through Conflict: use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Really a pamphlet repeated 6 times...

Desperately repettive with very limited overall content, must have taken authors at least two hours to assemble.

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Astounding

This book taught me more than anything I could have read on google when trying to decipher my daughter’s outbursts and outlandish behaviour.

It has truly changed my life and my family dynamic and made me a much better listener and attentive mother. I am more connected to my daughters for having read this.

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Painfully slow

The explanations about what they’re going to tell us goes on for far too long, just tell us! Gave up after learning zero by chapter 4, the voice is like a robot.

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Useful book strategies and, concepts

The strategies, concepts are manageable to comprehend and, effective. Concepts are to reaffirm the strategies not exactly correct has far as I’m aware. The brain use is both sides not just one side for memory, emotional activity and, thought generation. The child reference seems to be in the female more so than the male child unless in aggressive action. The strategies apply all the same.

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Amazing 👌

Another fantastic book by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr Tina Payne.
I truly enjoy listening to your books they have really began to help me become the mother I want to be for my children.
Will listen again and again

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Eye opening

I've learned a lot from this book, and will try to use those not only in interacting with my kid by also for myself.

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insightful and very useful

The first chapter is a bit obsolete - does not bring much value - only establishes the authority of the authors and sets expectations/promises about the book. Everything afterwards is solid gold! The summary at the end us very handy, though it feels that the same thing was repeated at least 3 times.

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Excellent

A must read for all professionals working with children in any setting. Would highly recommend.

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Must read for every parent

Love this book, amazing, recommend to all of my friends who has kids. My hubby will listen it next. Great stories and very good examples with real stories.

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Definitely missing a cheat sheet!

I just started the book and can tell right away that this should have come with an accompanying PDF of a cheat sheet that seems to be in the book for a quick run through of the principles. Can't listen to the whole book in a minute in need

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-20

Insightful and practical!

Wonderful book! Finished it in a day! Could not stop listening. Definitely worth the 7 hours! Will listen again and again!

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  • 28-05-20

Every parent should read this

Great insights to the complicated yet wonderful brain made simple and understandable by the authors. It might change the way you see you children's behavior!

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  • 09-06-22

What a valuable book!

Insight of how the mind works & practical approach on how to use this information to raise a balanced and happy child, avoid unnecessary conflicts and create a healthy bond with your child. Ofcourse to accomplish all these, you need to listen to the audiobook multiple times, do the work and never stop trying to get better at it! Thank you for this valuable book 👌

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  • 19-05-22

Must read for every parent

I don’t normally post reviews but felt compelled to share that this book is a must read. Incredibly useful from start to finish.

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  • 22-05-21

Pleasant and uplifting

Enjoyed the book, found it light, pleasant and encouraging. Very useful advice.

Great for parents and those caring for kids.

Narrators are pleasant to listen to.