Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

BUZZ TERM:Whole-Brain Child

WHAT IT MEANS:The Whole-Brain Child is a parenting approach that applies user-friendly brain science to better understand typical early childhood struggles. Many people are familiar with the idea of the brain having left and right hemispheres, where logic and emotion respectively reside. The whole-brain child also addresses the upstairs and downstairs brain, where the more complex and sophisticated functions are upstairs business and the more primitive, fight-or-flight functions are downstairs business. Parents can use brain science to help with everything from tantrums to arguments and even to improve everyday experiences like conversations about the day: for example, instead of "How was your day?", try "What was the best part of your day?" This approach will tap into the memory functions of the developing brain to invite more meaningful connection and conversation.

WHERE IT COMES FROM:Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and parenting specialist Dr. Tina Payne Bryson developed the theory and strategies for the whole-brain child approach. To find out more, read The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind or visit wholebrainchild.com.

-Melissa Boyd