The Whole-Brain Child Workbook - Review

Ruminating Mommy 2015, child minding, child psychology, nurturing child

People work through challenges in different ways - some read books for advice and others need hands on workbooks to process information. 'The Whole-Brain Child Workbook' allows for practical exercises, worksheets, and activities that parents/caregivers can work through.

"Based on their New York Times bestselling book, The Whole-Brain Child, internationally acclaimed neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and brain-based parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson Ph.D. have created a workbook to help parents understand the science behind their child's developing mind and survive the everyday parenting struggles that accompany each stage of growth."

"The Whole-Brain Child Workbook contains dozens of practical age-specific exercises and activities that address parenting challenges such as sibling conflict, homework or screen time battles, tantrums, sulking, and other behavior issues. The workbook explains what it means to approach these issues from a "whole-brain" perspective, with the goal being to integrate the left and right sides of the brain, as well as the upstairs brain and the downstairs brain. The interactive format allows readers to journal and to think more deeply about how the ideas fit their own parenting approach."

12 Whole-Brain Strategies:

1. Connect and Redirect
2. Name It to Tame It
3. Engage Don't Enrage
4. Use It or Lose It - allow kids to use their "upstairs brain" instead of giving them the answers
5. Move It or Lose It -
6. Use the Remote of the Mind
7. Remember to Remember
8. Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By
9. SIFT - What's Going on Inside
10. Exercising Mindsight: Getting Back to the Hub
11. Increase the Family Fun Factory - Making a Point to Enjoy Each Other
12. Connection Through Conflict - Teach Kids to Argue with a "We" in Mind

The 'Whole-Brain Child Workbook' can be purchased at,, and Barnes & Noble.

I received a copy of 'The Whole-Brain Child Workbookfor my review. All opinions and reviews are my own.

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