THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD: 12 REVOLUTIONARY STRATEGIES
I have just read the Spanish version of the New York Times Bestseller The Whole-Brain Child. 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles and Help your Family Thrive.
Written by Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, The Whole-Brain Child explains the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures: the upstairs and downstairs brain, the right (emotional) and left (logical) brain, memories, feelings, thoughts, behaviours …
The Whole-Brain Child was so much more than I was expecting, and I am still fascinated by two discoveries:
- The “upstairs brain”, which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties.
- The right brain, especially in young children, and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain.
So, it is really important that both kids and parents “integrate the different parts of our brain”. By using both our right and left brain, by integrating our upstairs and downstairs brain, or when we integrate different kinds of memories we can live a more balanced and meaningful life.
It is a very practical book that can help us raise calmer and happier children.
It teaches the child brain patterns and how to help our children when they are struggling by using 12 simple strategies:
- Engage, don’t Enrage
- Let the clouds of Emotion Roll by
- Move it or Lose it
- Name it to Tame It
- Connect through conflict…
The book is easy to read and to understand, and there are many specific examples of how each one of those 12 techniques can be used with different age groups. There are also illustrations that you can read with your children and help them understand some of these concepts.
I truly recommend this book if you would like your children to lead connected and creative lives.