The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book.

“Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.”—Harvey Karp, M.D.

Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson present a ground-breaking approach to child-rearing in this groundbreaking, practical book. They outline twelve key strategies that promote healthy brain development, resulting in calmer, happier children. The authors explain – and make accessible – the emerging science of how a child’s brain develops and is wired. Until the mid-twenties, the “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction. And, particularly in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to trump the left brain’s logic. It’s unsurprising that children throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By incorporating these findings into daily parenting, you can transform any outburst, argument, or fear into an opportunity to integrate your child’s brain and promote vital growth.

Complete with age-appropriate strategies for overcoming daily obstacles and illustrations to assist you in explaining these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child teaches you how to foster healthy emotional and intellectual development in your children in order for them to live balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

A useful child-rearing resource for the entire family . . . The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Strategies for getting a youngster to chill out [with] compassion.”—The Washington Post

“This erudite, tender, and funny book is filled with fresh ideas based on the latest neuroscience research. I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other

“Gives parents and teachers ideas to get all parts of a healthy child’s brain working together.”—Parent to Parent