Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

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The current best-selling parent book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, provides parents with some very practical tips on how to be parents.   The authors are able to make some rather complex science easy for parents to understand and apply in providing the nurture, guidance and structure children need to grow and mature.

Parents who use the strategies taught in the book will find that they can develop a positive relationship with their children that encourages healthy growth and development and provides useful tools to turn frustrating situations into learning opportunities.

The twelve strategies are:

  1. Connect and Redirect: Connect emotionally, redirect logically
  2. Name It To Tame It: Taming emotions through storytelling
  3. Engage, Don’t Enrage: Appeal to logic and planning, not to emotion
  4. Use It or Lose It: Encourage planning, thinking, and other left-brain activities
  5. Move It or Lose It: Body over mind method to restore balance
  6. Use the Remote of the Mind: Teaching your child to view his/her memories while maintaining control
  7. Remember to Remember: Exercise memory often
  8. Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Teaching your kids about temporary feelings
  9. SIFT: Using sensation, image, feeling, and thought to help your child understand
  10. Exercise Mindsight: Focusing with your mind
  11. Increase the Family Fun Factor: The science behind building in fun family times
  12. Connect Through Conflict: Turning conflict into opportunity

The author’s provide real life examples of how these strategies can be used in situations frequently encountered by parents.  They also use cartoons to illustrate the strategies being put into action.

The Whole-Brain Child should not only be on the bookshelf of every parent, it should be read and studied so that its concepts become strategies that you can readily use when necessary.