Healthy Byte #33 Book Club – “The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” by Dr Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson PhD

Neuro-psychiatrist Dr Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson PhD have written this  excellent book designed, not only for parents, but anyone involved in the development of children. In this episode, Dr Ron and Dr Michelle share what the authors taught them about the importance of brain plasticity , giving us insight into how the brain actually works and how that knowledge can help us to teach kids about balancing their behaviour and becoming more skilled emotionally.  “The Whole Brain Child'  is a resources that provides support and practical strategies to manage both a child's behaviour and your own through the challenges of childhood and child development to create a healthy, fun and thriving family.
SHOW NOTES
0.33  Introduction: “The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive” by Dr Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson PhD
1.30  Dr Michelle expalins how the book educates people on the incredible nature of the human brain and the complexity of the interconnections of each neuron
2.oo  Children learn by watching adult behaviours
2.3o  “What fires together wires together” the more a behaviour is practiced the better we get at it
2.55  Rigidity versus chaos – horizontally integrating left and right sides of the brain
3.29  Anxiety and Instinct vs Logic and Planning  – “Name it to Tame It”  the vertical integration of the brain
5:00  Strategy #9:  Instead of ‘Dismiss and Deny’ use  techniques of mindsight and take control of images
11.17  Take home messages – Parents can help their children to manage their anxiety, the adaptability of the brain, be gentle on ourselves as parents and acknowledge our weaknesses and families that play together stay together.
FURTHER REFERENCES
Dr Daniel Siegel – The Mindsight Institute:  https://www.mindsightinstitute.com/&location=menu?_ga=1.262550092.1932490884.1454459515
How anxiety problems affect children – Kidsmatter, Australian Government and Beyond Blue: https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/mental-health-difficulties/anxiety/anxiety-how-anxiety-problems-affect-children
What is Brain Plasticity?: http://psychology.about.com/od/biopsychology/f/brain-plasticity.htm
The Whole Crain Child Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Whole-Brain-Child-193173697421234/
“Ten Bites of a Quesadilla: Transforming Moments through Creative Discipline” by Tina Bryson, PhD: http://tinabryson.com/ten-bites-of-a-quesadilla-transforming-moments-through-creative-discipline-2/
A easy access summary of the book – Refrigerator Sheet: The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson: http://tinabryson.com/tpbmedia/Refrigerator-Sheet-WBC.pdf
The Authors: http://tinabryson.com/ and http://www.drdansiegel.com
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