10 Books That Can Help You Understand Your Child Better (part 2)

5. The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Neurosurgeon Daniel Siegel and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson explained in his book that there are two different types of brain crises.

“Upper brain crisis” is a crisis process originating in the cerebral cortex. Children use higher brain functions to think and plan when they will get angry in order to get what they want. During an upper brain crisis, children can control their emotions. If they get what they want, they can stop this reaction immediately.

“Lower brain crisis” involves a different part of the brain and requires a different kind of reaction from the upper brain. When the brain region is in crisis, children will become angry, scared, fight or run away. At the same time, the upper brain function is “turned off” and the child cannot control his emotions.

According to Siegel and Bryson, when trying to appease an angry child, it is best to make contact, using a gentle voice to comfort the child to calm down. Then, when the child has calmed down and the cerebral part is active again, you can talk about what happened and analyze for the child to understand.

6. The Kindness Advantage, by Dale Atkins and Amanda Salzhauer

In his book “The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children”, clinical psychologist Dale Atkins and social worker Amanda Salzhauer show that kindness is not only about making the world a better place but also having for those who are showing it.

7, The Parents We Mean To Be, by Richard Weissbourd

A different approach to raise children happier, emotionally intelligent and more comprehensive is introduced in this book by a Harvard psychologist.

8. Teaching Kids to Be Good People, by Annie Fox

Educator Annie Fox has included in the book “Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century” lessons about raising children who can do good things for the world in the future.

9. Simple Acts, by Natalie Silverstein

In his book, “Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back,” author Natalie Silverstein gives practical advice on raising children who want to help others.

10. The Everything Parent’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence in Children, by Korrel Kanoy

A child’s emotional intelligence has proven to be one of the most important factors in whether the child will succeed later. A child with high emotional intelligence (EQ) has good self-control, resilience and empathy. All of these factors help build the foundation for a more fulfilling and successful life in the future.