You’ve got back from the hospital clutching your precious bundle – then you realise you’ve got your Louis Vuitton bag but left the baby behind. Now the hard work begins, so you need survival skills: Courage – it’s the crying, the waking in the night and the tantrums – and when the baby starts all that too it’s even worse; and Patience of a saint, and the disposable income of a Premier League footballer.
Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents lives endlessly challenging? No it s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical audiobook, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling “Mindsight,” and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining 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 can seem and feel so out of control. 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. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including: Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension. Engage, Don t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting. Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child s emotional state. Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go. SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible. Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success. Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain t