Short and sweet, this book was a good read for me, as an elementary classroom case manager, and I believe would be a good read for parents who like advice on parenting. Siegel and Bryson condense the information into 12 parts; each part describes ways to incorporate different component’s of your child’s brain into problem solving. Each chapter provides an exercise for the parent/reader as well.
Throughout the book there are graphics to demonstrate parents and kids interacting using these techniques or not and possible outcomes. I loved the inclusion of the graphics that demonstrated alternative communication styles to try if you’re wanting to incorporate some whole-brain learning for the kiddos. There are also helpful lesson plan graphics to teach kids lessons about the brain.
I felt the authors were very clear about how to include these topics into conversation with kids when conflicts come up. However, this is already a structured part of my role as a classroom case manager, and perhaps it wouldn’t come as easily in the day to day of parenting. Relationships are important, and although not revolutionary, this key factor is a large part of what the authors attempt to impart through this book.
As a classroom case manager and social work major, I found that I have already learned many of the techniques and ways of rephrasing, but I still found this book helpful in understanding how the wiring of a kid’s brain will actually help them connect with you when you’re using those techniques to approach them instead of dismissing them. I’m looking forward to practicing these communication skills more, particularly using some of the visual aids suggested in this book.