Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

When Dr Siegel (expert on human development) and Dr. Payne (psychotherapist and child expert) team up, magic happens. I’ve read two of their books, The Whole-Brain Child and The Yes Brain.

What I like about this book is that it has an easy-to-digest format. Let’s be honest, a good portion of my reading happens with a child asking for milk, whilst hiding in the bathroom, and while cooking dinner. So reading a book that is divided into 14 fairly short chapters is something I can handle. One a day, kind of thing.

This book does a fabulous job of simplifying the explanation on how the brain works and strategies to help our kids deal with challenging experiences and the emotions that arise. But not only does it help us help our kids – it helps US (as parents) deal with our kids’ emotions. Cause really…it’s me that freaks out when she freaks out, and sometimes the other way around.

A nice little surprise is the cartoons within each chapter to help us understand how to apply the strategies and how NOT to apply the strategies. I can safely say that I saw myself only in the correct ways to apply the strategies. Ahem.

It’s a pretty little book, and digestible in just 14 closet or bathroom hideout sessions. Do it!