Reviewer Katja, 39, from
Book reviewed The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Childs Developing Mind by Dr Daniel J Siegel and Dr Tina Payne Bryson (£12.99, Robinson)
Parenting style: I am strict, but fun and approachable.
What does "whole brain" mean to you? Using all aspects of the brain – integrating the left side and the right side. To explain the difference simply: the left brain cares about the letter of the law, and the right brain cares about the spirit of the law. The goal is to avoid living in an emotional desert (left brain) or an emotional flood (right brain).
Would you say you are more of a left or right brain person? I think I have left brain tendencies as I am more logic-based than creativity-based.
How did you feel about using the ideas in book? Very positive. The chapter called "Mindsight" particularly resonated with me. There’s a Wheel of Awareness concept where the authors discuss that the difficult thoughts and feelings which give us trouble (as children and adults) are “simply different aspects of our selves” and we don’t have to focus all our attention on them. “The fears and worries are part of us but they don’t represent the totality of our being.”