“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!”
I was lucky enough to attend the lecture, “The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind”, by Dr. Dan Siegel last night.
Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center as well as author of numerous books on the subject of neurobiology.
His approach to the topic was engaging, humourous, and informative, and I learned just enough about how children’s’ brains develop, and how to use this knowledge in my parenting to make me want to know more.
Here are a few helpful insights from his book, “The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive”:
- 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.
Read more on his book here…
Dr Siegel’s lecture was hosted by Austin IN Connection.
-Jennifer Rustgi, Kid Culture Austin