What do neuroscience and parenting have in common? Everything, according to neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and pediatric psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson. These co-authors make the case that by understanding more about how children’s brains are wired, parents can take a more scientific approach to engaging their children both logically and emotionally during times of conflict.
That’s because, they claim, there is almost always a biological basis for children’s behavior. A child throwing a tantrum isn’t simply being obstinate for the fun of it, for example, but is acting out because of the way their young brain processes information and experience. By understanding these brain processes — and how they differ from those of adult brains — parents can be better equipped to engage with children and even promote healthy brain development.
The young brain literally changes shape in response to everything it encounters, from experiences to people to relationships. Parents should try to influence that growth in a positive direction, and this book offers a dozen strategies they can use to help nurture their children’s maturing brains.