The Whole Brain Child is written by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Daniel Siegel is a neuropsychiatrist, and Tina Payne is a parenting expert. I recommend this book to any parent with a child under 12.
This book explains how four different parts of the brain (left, right, upstairs, and downstairs) develop over time and integrate to form a well-balanced child (and adult). It gives information on how we, as parents, can help our children to better integrate their emotional (right brain) with the logical (left brain), and the cognitive (upstairs) with the primitive (downstairs).
The book breaks down 12 strategies that parents can use to discipline and raise their children in ways that engage the developing brain. It explains how these 12 strategies can be used for a variety of age groups: 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12. The 12 strategies are as follows:
1: Connect and Redirect: Connect emotionally, redirect logical
2: Name It To Tame It: the power of storytelling
3: Engage, Don't Enrage: using logic, questions, and problem solving
4: Use It Or Lose It: Encourage planning, thinking, etc.
5: Move It Or Lose It: restoring balance through physical activity
6: Use The Remote Of The Mind: Encouraging your child to tell important stories (that need processing), by focusing, pausing, playing, or stopping at parts of the story so that they feel more in control and balanced.
7: Remember To Remember: scrapbooks, journals, asking questions... strategies for remembering important stories and events.
8: Let The Clouds of Emotion Roll By: emphasizing feelings are temporary.
9: SIFT: learning to notice sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts within themselves.
10: Exercise Mindsight: learning to calm and focus the mind.
11: Increase The Family Fun Factor: promote healthy relationship through connection and fun.
12: Connect Through Conflict: conflict is an opportunity to connect and grow with your child; promote social skills in conflicts.