The “Whole Brain Child” approach is about integrating different parts of the brain to help our children live balanced, creative and meaningful lives. In this book, Dr. Daniel Siegel, psychiatrist and professor at UCLA School of Medicine, explains in a creative and yet simple way how the different regions in our brains affect our thinking, emotion in daily lives.
It presents 12 strategies to integrate our upper brain (decision making) and lower brain (reactive), as well as our left brain (logical) and right brain (emotional). Good examples help drive home the points.
This may seem like an odd one to appear on a parenting book recommendation list, but this is really one of my favorites in understanding brain development and how traumas can be easily caused by parents or even mental health professionals unknowingly.
World-renowned child psychiatrist, Dr. Bruce Perry, presents a series of heartbreaking stories of children severely damaged by their upbringing and how love and social support can help heal these wounds.
Although the stories are extreme circumstances most of us will not put our children in, it is still very educational as the neuro-development (brain development) is explained in an easy-to-understand fashion.
Everyone, including parents, teachers and mental health professionals, will learn something from it.