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Publisher Description

Audie Award Nominee, Personal Development, 2013

New York Times best seller

The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book.

“Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.” (Harvey Karp, MD)

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with 12 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-20's. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the 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. 

Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, 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.

“[A] useful child-rearing resource for the entire family... The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Strategies for getting a youngster to chill out [with] compassion.” (The Washington Post)

Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
hr min
March 15
Brilliance Audio

Customer Reviews

Mark DeNovellis ,


This is a must read for parents, teachers, child care worker or anyone that deals with children all the time. A different perspective on teaching children ways to deal with their emotions by using both sides of the brain instead of time-outs and "grounding" a child. Once again Daniel wrote another masterpiece!!

mindingmyown... ,

Fantastic Book!!!

A wonderfully written and narrated book! Thank you to the authors. This book was recommended to me at a tough time in my & my kids lives and now I am gratefully gifting it whenever I can. If Dan and Tina could find time to write a series of children's books so my children could conduct their own redirection with me...? Well-imagine the possibilities!!!

Gigi GP ,

Scientific advice for real parenting

Loved the book and the fact that the authors are parents and neurologists. Very helpful

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