October 10, 2011 — As parents, it feels, at times, next to impossible to survive our child's difficult behaviors: tantrums, whining sessions, and adolescent rebellion. Now imagine using these moments to help your child thrive. Pioneering neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel says you can — by understanding some basics about the young brain.
Dr. Dan Gottlieb speaks with Siegel about his new book The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind – a new approach to fostering calmer, happier children who can be more fully themselves. Siegel says parents can apply how the brain functions to everyday situations and turn outbursts, arguments, and fear into a chance for emotional growth.
Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He's written a number of books including Mindsight: The New Science of Transformation.