The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my kind of parenting book. First, it gives a lot of interesting facts about the biology of our brains and how each part of our brain works together. And second, it gives some really practical advice on how to teach our children how to utilize each part of the brain together, called integration.
The one critique that I have is that some of the practicums are not as detailed or helpful as I wish they could have been. However in the back of the book, there are age specific suggestions for each of the different practical exercise has mentioned in the book.
Also at the end of each chapter, there are some suggestions for us as adults and parents or caregivers for ways to utilize this information for ourselves.
Usually in my book reviews, I mention whether or not there is profanity, sexual content, or violent content, but in this particular book it is really just information about how our brains work, the different parts of our brains, and how we can use this information to help our children become their full selves as well as being self-aware, empathetic, and have healthy relationships.
Personally, I have an 11 month old and I can get very focused on whether or not he is reaching Milestones like saying his first word or taking his first step and this book reminded me that there are so many other things that are better to focus on like becoming self-aware, decision-making, being a good friend, having empathy, and being confident in who we are as people. Having a healthy, happy baby should really be one of my top goals as a parent, and I’m thankful that this book was a great reminder for that.