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Parenting the Whole Child

A Holistic Child Psychiatrist Offers Practical Wisdom on Behavior, Brain Health, Nutrition, Exercise, Family Life, Peer Relationships, School Life, Trauma, Medication, and More . . .


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Understanding child health and wellness through a holistic lens.

Complementing his book for professionals, here Scott Shannon equips parents and caregivers with a better way to understand the mental health challenges their children face, including how cutting-edge scientific concepts like epigenetics and neuroplasticity mean new hope for overcoming them. Readers learn how the most common stressors in kids—inadequate nutrition, unaddressed trauma, learning problems, family relationships, and more—are often at the root of behavioral and emotional issues, and what steps can be taken to restore health and wholeness, without immediately turning to medication.


"Shannon attempts to keep the diagnostic-labeling fad at bay by highlighting the importance of examining the whole child. . . . As a child and adolescent healthcare provider, I support the way Shannon encourages the public to think about children and their brains in nuanced terms and to take a holistic approach to their well-being. . . . Shannon has written a must-read for parents." — PsychCentral

"A tremendously important book . . . wonderfully clear and well written and easy to read and learn from." — Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy

"Wonderful, practical, down-to-earth, and easy to read. . . . I will recommend this book with great enthusiasm to my colleagues and patients." — Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, director, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and professor of pediatrics, Ohio State University; author of Mental Health Naturally

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