The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a book written for parents or anyone who may be around a child from the age of birth to 12. Dr. Daniel Siegel is known in the psychology field by his research of the brain; integrating the different parts and using tools to develop it. He uses a lot of mindfulness techniques.
The book is divided into 5 basic sections of brain education and tools to help your child with development of the various parts. The 5 sections include; left and right brain, upstairs and downstairs brain, memories, mindsight(looking inward), and empathy and connection.
I found this book to be a quick but informative read. I love the symbols they use to describe more complex functions of the brain. For example: “As a result, kids are prone to getting “trapped downstairs,” without the use of their upstairs brain, which results in them flying off the handle, making poor decisions, and showing a general lack of empathy and self-understanding.” The authors include comics of typical scenarios with responses as well as their suggested responses. I think the tools in each chapter are valuable for parents. The end of the book includes each section with how to implement the tools, divided up by age ranges.
Read this book if:
You are a parent of a child from 0-12 or work with children in this age range.
Want more brain development information.
Looking for better ways to communicate with your child.
Want more tools as a parent in handling the emotional ups and downs of your child.
Camp Kanata’s 2016 Mother-Daughter Weekend was a fun-filled weekend in Wake Forest, NC. Mothers and daughters engaged in all sorts of camp activities as well as an exciting drum circle. Katie led the mothers and daughters in two yoga classes with some fun partner poses and a living mandala. The scenery could not be beat as it was overlooking the lake. Katie also held a Communication Building workshop that focused on tools to use at home to open up the lines of communication, recognizing when to “take a break,” and understanding each other better. Overall, it was an exciting weekend to be a part of and heart warming to see all of the mothers and daughters enjoying their time together.
Katie Overcash is excited to collaborate and contribute to the “Growing Our Girls” initiative. Look for upcoming content and events on their website here. GOG is a Charlotte-based brand created by Kristin Mountcastle, a mom of 2 girls who believes in the power of connection to empower our girls to navigate the world with confidence and kindness. GOG also connects families of boys to help raise them with respect and understand the importance of gender equality.
Self-esteem and self-worth development, character building, and competency recognition are journeys each child finds themselves on as they grow and mature. Supporting children on this journey is vital and can be difficult at times. Attending this discussion, you will be able to recognize each of your child’s uniqueness and gain or reinforce the tools to foster this development through adolescence as they reach their “enoughness.”
Katie is honored to present at Charlotte Parent’s Mom Matters Event on Friday, March 4th. Tickets are now on sale for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets visit their website here.
Can’t make it to our “Confident Girls Summer Camp?” This weekend “crash course” will be an abbreviated version. Camp will be 8 hours total during the tentative days of Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26. Time of day is TBA. Potential topics covered will be self-esteem/confidence, communication, friendships, and coping skills. Girls enrolled (current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) will have an opportunity to learn, discuss, and practice each topic while interacting with each other. Cost for the weekend course is $160 for 8 hours.
If interested, please contact Katie(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynne(email@example.com).
Interested in a “crash course” for your own group? Contact Katie and Lynne for more information.