The Whole-Brain Child - Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole-Brain Child

By Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson

  • Release Date: 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Parenting
Score: 4
From 281 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than 1 million copies in print! • 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, M.D.
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 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 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.

“[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

“This erudite, tender, and funny book is filled with fresh ideas based on the latest neuroscience research. I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other

“Gives parents and teachers ideas to get all parts of a healthy child’s brain working together.”—Parent to Parent


  • Best parenting book I’ve read hands down

    By jacks momma bear
    I was scared to pass on bad emotional intelligence to my son after a very traumatic childhood that landed me with complex ptsd. This book is going to be instrumental in helping me better the next generation and stop intergenerational trauma.
  • Read it cover to cover

    By victoriyamif
    This is a must read book for new parents to help understand how to raise a wholesome human being and not mess it up.
  • Life changing

    By high vibes tribe
    Incredible! Every single parent should read this book. Not only is it life changing for my children and the way I parent, it’s also life changing for my own mindset and how I interact with the world and my thoughts. I can’t recommend this enough. I read it in 2 days and I can’t wait to start implementing everything I’ve learned!
  • Good read

    By bicepjai
    Learned a lot about parenting
  • Your Kids really matters

    By Cagui24
    Its the best book when you want to start reading about how to rise your kids!!
  • Not your typical parenting book

    By Jessy4282
    Unlike many parenting books, that seem to give you unrealistic expectations, this one however hit the nail right on the head. They even have real scenarios from parents who, too, have lost their temper when parenting. A must read for anyone with a child/children.
  • Amazing perspective, effective strategy, and easy to read

    By Surfslasher
    This is a great book to scratch the surface of brain evolvement and how different parts of the brain connect. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants to lean about ABC of the brain. The whole-brain strategy is really an amazing perspective. I can't wait to try it.
  • The Whole-Brain Child

    By lvdreamer
    I really appreciated how this book was grounded in science. Not only did the principles presented make sense, but they were based in fact and the author provided practical ways to implement the principles in daily life. I recommend this book for any parent that wants to raise children with strong social and emotional intelligence. You won't feel overwhelmed by the content, rather you will feel like you can really implement and make good changes easily.
  • Finally

    By Cool jey
    I have only listened to a podcast with Dan and dr drew and read bits of this book but I could have used this book when my son went through major anxiety at age 5. Now he is 10 and I hope to still try these exercises in some capacities as I think he has learned to simply suppress emotion which is not what I want him to do (having done this for years myself!) as I fear it will impact him later in life. I am so excited to finally have the ah ha moment of the body being so reactive to emotion as a child. He would cry and get upset at school and the counselor would skip straight to getting him to deal with his anxiety yet we could never get him to connect anything to the anxiety nor did he understand from his left brain about this emotion. It was like going to step 5 without steps 1-4. Needless to say, therapy never worked and he simply started having less anxiety as he got older. He has some now and excited to have some new tools to work with as we move into preteen years. Yikes! Thanks dr Siegel - let's get this stuff out there please!!! Not enough psychs get this and so important in kiddos!