The Whole Brained Child
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson emphasizes the importance of integrating a child’s four quadrants, whether in challenging or joyous moments. It includes 12 strategies for parenting based on current brain research, as well as a breakdown that describes how to apply these strategies at different ages and stages. When children are taught to use their whole brain, they become more balanced and healthy overall with heightened capacity for self-awareness, empathy, and relationship-building.
Most parents want their children to be happy, resilient, and productive. However, parenting a child is difficult because they’re prone to tantrums and other challenging behaviors. In these moments of crisis, it’s helpful to understand the brain so that you can handle the situation effectively by applying basic knowledge about how the brain works in that moment. The whole-brain approach isn’t meant as an avoidance method for dealing with tough situations; rather it’s a way of handling them well so that your child has better social, emotional and mental health in general.
The Whole-Brain Child was published in 2011 and became a bestseller. It has been translated into 22 languages.