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The Whole-Brain Child: Innovative Strategies for Nurturing Your Child’s Developing Mind

We all have experienced those moments when our child’s ability to reason seems to fly out the window and raw emotion takes over. Maybe we counter our child’s intense feelings with words of comfort and calm. Or maybe our own frustration rises and we begin to spin out of control. This week’s Mom Enough guest, UCLA clinical psychiatry professor and popular author Dr. Dan Siegel, draws on recent brain research to offer an effective and innovative framework for teaching our children to understand how their brains work and use that knowledge to achieve balance, insight and strategies for coping with frustration, disappointment and conflict. Marti & Erin are excited to use this framework with the children in their life and they think you will be too!


Think of a recent time when your child had a meltdown, a tantrum or an outburst of anger. How could you have reflected back to your child what was happening in his or her brain? How could this approach help you become more mindful of when your own “downstairs brain” begins to overwhelm your “upstairs brain,” to use Dr. Siegel’s terms? Share your thoughts in the REPLY space below!


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  1. Catherine on February 2, 2013

    I am sharing this with my sons and daughters-in-law who are having issues with their 7 and 8 year old children and their emotions getting out of control. I certainly hope it helps because I hurt for both the kids and parents.

  2. Marti on February 3, 2013

    Catherine, I hope this will be helpful for your grandchildren. As a psychologist and a grandma myself, I think Dan Siegel’s advice is as good as it gets — grounded in research and translated in a way that helps both parents and children manage their ups and downs. Erin and I were so pleased Dan was willing to join us on Mom Enough and we are putting his advice to good use in our own family. Warmest regards to you! Marti Erickson, co-host of Mom Enough

  3. Victoria on February 27, 2013

    I have a 16 month old baby. I read the book and found it very insightful. Having Biological Sciences background myself, I appreciate the complexity of the brain. I like how Dr. Siegel took a complex subject of the way the brain works and made it practical to every family with kids. I am about to go buy his other books! Cheers…