Use Neuroscience to Raise an Awesome PersonStarting Now
Searching for a roadmap to raise a successful child who makes a positive difference in this world? Neuroscientist and mother Erin Clabough teaches that to thrive as adults, children need to learn self-regulation, a master life skill founded in empathy, creativity, and self-control. The lack of even one of these intertwined skills underlies nearly all of the parenting problems we face.
The good news is that you can build these strengths in children at any age, from infancy to adulthood. Here, using key insights from brain development research, you'll learn how.
With scientific depth and in clear language, Erin gets you up to date on the vast tide of emerging neuroscience discoveries and how they can help you parent better.
Practicing these skills requires a new mindset, but "second nature" parenting is low effort and high impact. It only takes a few minutes each day to nurture the skills your kids need, simply by using everyday situations that you're already facing in a different way.
A hands-on exploration of
• Empathy, creativity, and self-controlthree key, interrelated skills that support your child's decision-making, emotional regulation, happiness, and independence
• Self-regulationwhere the three key skills come together, giving your child the power to blaze a trail towards a personal goal while preserving healthy relationships
• A wealth of tools based on neuroscience principlesfrom quick "do anywhere" games to long-term strategiesfor creating positive lifelong habits
• How to better understand and deal with tantrums, impulsivity, inattention, bickering, bullying, and other common challenges
• In-depth guidance on how to build motivation, enhance critical thinking skills, encourage accountability, create space for play and reflection, cultivate compassion, solve problems, and much more
|Publisher:||Sounds True, Incorporated|
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About the Author
Erin Clabough is a mother of four who holds a PhD in neuroscience. Her parenting style has been highly influenced by her background in brain development research. She teaches biology and neuroscience, and heads an active research program that investigates questions about how the brain functions, including developmental areas such as fetal alcohol syndrome and lifespan topics such as neurodegenerative disease. She is also interested in incorporating neuroscience principles into the classroom, in service learning, and in providing hands-on learning experiences to students of all ages. She participated in a developmental cognitive neuroscience program at the University of Denver, where she was involved in Down syndrome, autism, and schizophrenia research. Erin received her PhD in neuroscience from University of Virginia in 2006, specializing in the molecular genetics of neurodegeneration. She subsequently held a three-year postdoctoral research position at the University of Virginia. Her scientific research has resulted in many peer-reviewed journal articles. She writes for Psychology Today, mindbodygreen,TODAY Parenting, and other publications.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Part 1 Second Nature Parenting
Chapter 1 Creativity, Empathy, and Self-Control: Why These Are the Skills Kids Need 3
Chapter 2 Practical Neuroscience for Parents: Key Facts and Processes 21
Chapter 3 Second Nature Parenting: Methods for Developing the Three Skills 43
Part 2 Raising Creators
Chapter 4 The Neuroscience of Creativity 69
Chapter 5 How to Raise a Creative Child 79
Part 3 Fostering Compassion
Chapter 6 The Neuroscience of Empathy 103
Chapter 7 Applied Empathy Is Compassion 125
Part 4 Cultivating Self-Control
Chapter 8 The Neuroscience of Self-Control 151
Chapter 9 How to Help Kids Develop Self-Control 161
Part 5 Self-Regulation for the Win
Chapter 10 What Is Self-Regulation? 171
Chapter 11 How to Win at Parenting: Motivation, Discipline, and Game Theory 185
Conclusion: Parents Shape Future Free Will 205
Appendix 1 Commonsense Neuroanatomy: Ten Building Blocks to a Human Brain 209
Appendix 2 Epigenetics: The Intersection of Nature and Nurture 215
Appendix 3 Neuromyths Versus Neurofacts 221
About the Author 267