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The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel: A Review

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

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.

April TBR

I liked the themes I’ve been doing the past two months, both for Black History Month and Women’s History Month. I don’t think I will continue with themes, but I couldn’t help myself doing it one last time. Of course, this has nothing especially to do with April, but I thought I would read some science fiction since I had a book in just about every one of my categories.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.  I have been wanting to read this book for months now, and I finally have it on my monthly TBR. In fact, it’s the book that inspired the sci-fi theme. I don’t know much about the plot other than it’s about a girl who takes a picture of this mysterious robot that shows up and she deals with the fame fallout.

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD. So this isn’t science fiction, per se, but it does kind of fit into the science realm. It’s one of the books I picked up for parenting, and I’m interested to see what it says. I like holistic approaches, and it seems to be leaning in that direction.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was a big series in the YA community that actually completed last year with the book Obsidio. The format is really fascinating which is what pulled me to the book in the first place. It’s a collection of notes and emails and other correspondence back and forth. I’m intrigued.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I think I read this book in school, but I don’t really remember what it is about, other than it probably takes place on Mars. But it fits the science fiction theme, so I’m excited to read it.

What are you reading this month?