Helping your child understand how the brain works...

As a parent if there was one resource I draw upon when an emotional wobble sneaks up on my child and I because of a new developmental stage, tiredness, or a difficult dynamic playing out at work or school, it would be the Brain House concept. Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Tina Payne introduced the idea in their book ‘The Whole Brain Child’.  They openly share they’re own experiences with their children making me aware that I’m not on my own when tricky responses between me and my child are at play.  The neuroscience research in the book supports the parent-child relationship and explains complex neuroscience to parents, providing useful tools to help turn frustrating situations in to learning opportunities.  Dr Hazel Harrison was also inspired by their idea and introduced a wonderful concept of narrating different characters that live in the Brain House as a way to help children understand how the brain works.  Expanding this further I developed playful graphic characters in a PowerPoint presentation to help me explain to my own daughter about The Brain House.  With the approval of Dr Dan Siegel, Dr Tina Payne, and Dr Hazel Harrison, I’ve added the presentation below to share with other parents, carers and those who work with children. Just click on the image to open the file…..I hope you find it useful.