We have put together our version of one of the worksheets for the first strategy. Which can be printed or viewed below. This is for your own use and reference. We would also highly recommend purchasing the official Whole-Brain Child workbook – we have included links for that below as well.
by: Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
For our first, albeit potentially virtual, book club choice, I decided to go with a book which will have an immediate positive effect on the day to day interactions you and your partner have with your children. This book takes a deep dive into the brain growth and functions of our kids in their first five years. Helping us to understand the processes and the complexities of what they are experiencing when on the outside it may look to us like a tantrum, frustration or lack of focus.
Here is a bit more from the publisher about this remarkably helpful book:
“In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain – and make accessible – the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.
This book is complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
We will be providing some of the workbook exercises over the next few weeks and will chat through the strategies and real world implementation in our call on the 23rd. With any luck, I’ll manage to pull together a few surprises for our participants monthly.