Siegel (Psychiatry/UCLA; Mindsight, 2010, etc.) and Bryson dissect the different sections of the brain and offer useful parental tools that can limit temper tantrums as well as ensure well-rounded development.
The authors, both of Los Angeles’ Mindsight Institute, reveal 12 “whole-brain” strategies the entire family should implement as part of a holistic approach to child development. They suggest that the more we know about how the human brain operates, the more we can do to control it in difficult times. Most readers are already aware, for example, that there is a “right brain” and a “left brain.” But what about the “upstairs” and the “downstairs?" When we’re at our best, all of these parts work together harmoniously. Tantrums and meltdowns occur when one part of the brain temporarily takes over, causing “dis-integration.” To remedy this, the authors suggest 12 strategies designed to “re-integrate” the brain. These suggestions can also benefit adults who are prone to “dis-integration” as well. The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences. To facilitate a greater understanding of the process for the entire family, the authors summarize each strategy into comics form at the end of each chapter for easy comprehension. The appendix includes a handy reference guide that provides a quick refresher course when needed.
Useful child-rearing resource for the entire family.