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The Whole-Brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Publishing Year: 2011
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Parenting can be a difficult task and we all know it; but what about the brain development of a child? The thing is, not all parents are well-versed in the fundamentals of brain and brain development. In this insight, we shall learn the basics of a brain, especially how development takes place in a child. We shall also learn various ways to deal with the different kinds of problems as and when they arise in dealing with kids. Learning how to deal with various situations with a solid knowledge of the brain can make the readers better parents, teachers, child carers and more importantly, the beneficiaries will be the children themselves. Children who receive care from such learned caregivers will grow up to be better adults, fully capable and fully able to utilize their brains to the fullest potential.

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Lesson 1- Parenting can be Tricky

Whether you are a parent, teacher or a significant caregiver in a child’s life, raising, supporting, and nurturing children is a crucial task that requires more than what we sometimes possess. The primary goal is to use our everyday interactions as opportunities to help you and the children you care for both to survive and thrive. 

Parents are often experts about their children’s bodies. They know which foods are best suited for their child. But even the best, well-educated parents often lack knowledge about the brain of the child. The brain plays a central role in virtually every aspect of a child’s life like discipline, decision making, self-awareness, school, relationships, etc. The brain itself is significantly shaped by the experiences offered to it as parents, and knowing about the way the brain changes in response to our parenting can help us to nurture a stronger, more resilient child. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how the brain works to better understand your child, respond more effectively to difficult situations, and build a foundation for social, emotional, and mental health.

Most of us don’t think about the fact that our brain has many different parts with different jobs. For example, you have a left side of the brain that helps you think logically and organize thoughts into sentences, and a right side that helps you experience emotions and read nonverbal cues. The brain has multiple personalities—some rational, some irrational; some reflective, some reactive. And to get the most out of the brain, there arises the need for integration. Through integration, the diverse parts of the brain can work together as a whole, and hence, the concept- whole-brain. As children become integrated, they are better able to coordinate their brains. It will create conditions to make the left-brain logic work well with the right-brain emotion. The very foundation of neuroscience is the discovery that the brain is malleable, meaning that the brain physically changes throughout our lives, not just in childhood, as was previously assumed. It further means that the brain can be rewired to suit our needs the most. 

Studies have shown that parents who talk with children tend to have better access to the memories of those experiences. Parents who speak with their children about their feelings have children who develop emotional intelligence. Playing video games, or engaging in educational activities wire the brain in distinct ways. This wire-and-rewire process is what integration is all about, that gives children the experience to create connections between different parts of the brain.

Lesson 2- The Two Brains: Horizontal Division

As previously discussed the brain is divided

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Chapter List
  • Lesson 1- Parenting can be Tricky
  • Lesson 2- The Two Brains: Horizontal Division
  • Lesson 3- How Does Integration Work?
  • Lesson 4- The Two Brains: Vertical Division
  • Lesson 5- The Working of the Brain: The Amygdala
  • Lesson 6- Tantrums are the Worst But…
  • Lesson 7- Human Memory
  • Lesson 8- The Power of Focused Attention
  • Lesson 9- The Individual and the Society
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In the summary of The Whole-Brain Child book, there are 9 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1- Parenting can be Tricky
  2. Lesson 2- The Two Brains: Horizontal Division
  3. Lesson 3- How Does Integration Work?
  4. Lesson 4- The Two Brains: Vertical Division
  5. Lesson 5- The Working of the Brain: The Amygdala
  6. Lesson 6- Tantrums are the Worst But…
  7. Lesson 7- Human Memory
  8. Lesson 8- The Power of Focused Attention
  9. Lesson 9- The Individual and the Society

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