by Daniel J. Siegel,
Tina Payne Bryson
“The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” is a chilling book for parents, guardians & anyone who works with or cares for children. Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson are the authors of this interesting book. This book is extremely valuable for every new and upcoming parent as it covers several brain concepts in-depth. Instead of just explaining the concept it also gives useful examples, strategies how to incorporate it into your daily life and a simple explanation you can let your kids read. The Whole-Brain Child is about relationships. Foremost, it is about the relationship between our interactions with our children and their neurological development. More specifically, this book is about connections. Throughout the connections we share with our children, we have the opportunity to directly influence their brain’s architecture. Likewise, as we consider the ways in which children’s brains process our interactions, we have the opportunity to intentionally support an architectural framework that will last a lifetime. Simple ideas with profound implications, such as Name it to Tame it, Engage, don’t Enrage, and Connect through Conflict, are but a few of the strategies the authors present in a thoughtful and accessible format, one that respects the role of relationships within families.
One of the best aspects of this book is the manner in which Siegel and Bryson present the most current findings in neurological research, the integrity of the research is in place and the language of delivery allows us to actually understand and address the implications. We most appreciate about this book is the dedication to families’ experiences with their children and the realization that while we all pledge to do our best each and every day, we all will have moments, days, stages where our best is exhausted, on hiatus, and for the moment we are only human. This book reminds us that we have an opportunity to work in the direction of children’s growth and development and that we have every right to know and understand how children’s brains organize and develop based on our interactions, reactions, and relationships with one another. Finally, The Whole-Brain Child is a very interesting book, especially if you are one of those people who are interested in the biologic basis of behaviour and brain development.