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The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child

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From the authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, an indispensable guide to unlocking your child's innate capacity for resilience, compassion, and creativity.

When facing contentious issues such as screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what New York Times best
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Bantam
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Isabel Brinck It's intended for parents to read. Probably best applied to parents of children aged 1 to 12.…moreIt's intended for parents to read. Probably best applied to parents of children aged 1 to 12.(less)

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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading parenting books, for me, doesn’t mean taking every bit of advice and utilizing it exactly how it’s presented. I use parenting books as resources for improvement. I take what I’ve learned and apply it in a way that works for my kid and my family dynamic.

The authors of this book don’t shove their agenda down your throat. They offer suggestions on how and what to improve and let you do with that what you will. I didn’t feel manipulated or judged in any way. It was inclusive text that is str
Yelda Basar Moers
This is one of the best parenting books I have ever read and strongly encourage all parents to get it! Wholly intelligent, insightful and helpful, while engaging and easy to read, it’s a rare find! Review to come!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child is an educative book to help adults foster secure, competent and confident kids in the 21st century. Who doesn’t want the best for their children? The best we can give them, the authors postulate, is to instill courage, positivity and resilience to empower them to create a fulfilling life. However, constant digital distractions and hectic schedules may very well be impeding that which we want most for our children…. ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book's aim seems to basically be how the parenting strategies discussed in more length in The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline also foster courage, resilience, and empathy. Which is all fine and well, but as someone who has read both of those books, this one didn't add a lot. Moreover, it has the same drawbacks as their other books - a repetitive writing style that trips over their own made-up awkward jargon, and is heavy on grand statements with few practical examples or dialogues ...more
Audrey Monke
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting, psychology
This book is so good ... and not just as a “parenting” book. It’s a book about all of us and what we need to thrive in life — a balanced life spent mostly in our “green zone,” resilience, insight about ourselves and our emotions, and empathy. I appreciate Siegel and Bryson’s suggestions for parenting our kids into their Yes Brains, but the insights and ideas about myself are equally powerful. This quick read has shot to the top of my “must reads” for parents. Even if you’re not a parent, you can ...more
Alex Rohani
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Have kids? Read this. Work with kids? Read this. Plan on having kids? Read this. Want to be that cool aunt or uncle? Read this. Building resilience, empathy, insight and balance in kids is often put by the wayside but think they need more attention? Read this.
Nicole Sterling
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really torn between giving this book 3 stars and 4 stars, but I decided to round up. I haven't really read any other parenting books, so I don't have anything to compare this one to, but I feel like I came away from this reading with some new ideas to try with my son. The book is all about trying to help your child develop his/her "Yes Brain," which consists of a brain that is balanced, resilient, insightful, and empathic. According to the authors, the Yes Brain is "a neurological state th ...more
Charlie Moynahan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-development
Couldn’t understand how this book could be touted as scientific and evidence based, without a single cited piece of evidence? There’s nothing there that the authors show that is backed up by any science or research of any kind.

That being said, it’s difficult to take the material for much worth other than what the authors are proposing as fact. And for that, The Whole Brain Child is enough and covers what they attempt here just fine.
Carrie Lynn
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked the “zones” visual and that they gave you words you could use to explain the principles to kids. Other than that it was a lot of stuff I already knew (“playing is good for children!”) and references to their other books.
Melissa Espiritu
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m rushing to write this review because my son’s karate class is about to end. To that point, after finishing this book, I have to question if I am already over scheduling my kid with sports and other enrichment activities.

I’ve read most of Siegel and Bryson’s collaborations so far. I really appreciate all of them for different reasons. No-Drama Discipline gives the most practical advice for how to discipline your child. And the Whole Brain Child feels like it sets the framework for Siegel and
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This took me a couple months because, like all parenting books, it’s not exactly a page-turner. : ) I’m giving it a 3 in comparison to other parenting books. This one was good, but I’ve read similar ones that were better/more impactful for me personally. Lots of stuff about using empathy, helping kids practice dealing with difficult emotions and become more self-disciplined vs parent disciplined.

An important note:

“if you want a single reason to be patient with your child when he’s melting down
Jeff Hascall
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a relatively new parent who is fascinated by brain science, this book didn't disappoint. I read it back-to-back with the Whole Brained Child (another Dan Siegel/Tina Bryson book) and found a lot to grab on to as a parent in both books, although there is a fair amount of overlap between the 2. If you were deciding between the 2, I felt this was the better book.

The basic premise is to understand the triggers that put your child in a shut-down frame of mind (the No Brain) and to grasp the princi
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of Dan but felt that after reading his other parenting books, there wasn’t quite enough here that was new. It’s a new frame but most of the concepts are covered in the Whole Brain Child which also has a broader range of practical strategies and examples.

That said, as a stand-alone parenting it’s interesting, practical, useful and evidence based so I would recommend it, particularly for parents of primary-school aged kids.
Michael Huang
This is a book about how to understand the plasticity of the human brain — especially that of the children’s — and practical tips of dealing with different situations more appropriately. If you follow the tips, you can help the four aspects of a positive mindset termed the yes brain: balance, resilience, insight, and empathy.

Balance: it’s important to remember that kids lose control for one simple reason: their brains aren’t developed enough. They don’t like being out of control. Help them recog
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Practical strategies to teach both parents and kids how to reach for a successful life as defined as a meaningful and authentic one, that honors each individual’s passions and skills. Rather than focusing purely on external achievements, it’s also important to increase awareness and strengthening of internal skills. These internal skills will help kids and adults have more balance, resilience, insight and empathy that helps them withstand life’s ups and downs, know who they are and what their pu ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The books of Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson are some of the most helpful, liberating, and enlightening books on my parenting shelf, and THE YES BRAIN is no exception. With helpful examples from their therapy careers and their experience raising kids, Siegel and Bryson equip parents with specific techniques and practices guaranteed to strengthen their relationships with their children and, at the same time, better understand how to raise kids to become who they were made to be. Empowering, h ...more
Courtney Packer
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotions are tough to handle at any age. This book gave great tools for me as a parent to use not only for myself but for my 5 and 1 year old. Parenting books in the past have felt really overwhelming it I like the approach of these authors and how the apply it from 0-teenage years. I learned a lot for myself on how I want to model behavior, and emotions for my children so they can learn to work through them with more empathy, and resilience.
David Drummond
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good ideas and abstractions for enabling children to have equanimity, resilience, self-awareness, and empathy. The tips in here are as useful for the parents as the children, and I especially enjoyed the small sections that are designed to help parents not lose their cool while their kids are having a meltdown. Nonetheless, many of the concepts are repeated from the previous book by these authors, the Whole Brained Child.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A little brief. Many references to other works. Some good concepts here, but I was hoping for a little more substance. I feel like some of this would be better served as being a segment in a larger book, perhaps also combining other referenced works.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent parenting book. It helps you understand your brain as well as your child's and how to help them work through things and balance their life. I really like that they tell the reader how to refelct on their own life as well as their child's. ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who is raising children or thinking about having children should read this book if they want to raise emotionally intelligent human beings!
Omar El-mohri
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, printed-copy
Overall this brings great ideas that we might think of and can't put in perspective or just don't notice.
This is worth reading at least for parents with kids of all ages.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helpful, though I would have benefited more to read vs listen - next time, since I expect I’ll come back to this one.
Amber Claussen
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast and interesting read!
The audiobook was good but it is difficult to get the full effect without reading the book due to the handouts they reference.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Maria Eve
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I’d recommend reading it even if you don’t have children, as it gives great insight into your own no-brain tendencies.
Janet Bufton
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a good basic introduction to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy that applies a spin on both of these ideas to parenting. It's an interesting book with a lot of good-sounding tips (disclaimer: my kid is barely a toddler and they won't work on her yet) that makes me want to read more by the authors. I can see why people who have read more by the authors might be frustrated, as nothing in the book is especially deep.

Anna Mcallister
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the Audiobook of this one, and I think it works better as a book then an audio book because there are lots of visuals in the book that I needed to go look at on the computer as I was listening. So it's one I would recommend reading vs listening to, and I plan to get the book and re-read it that way. But I really enjoyed it, and loved their ideas on teaching compassion and expanding our ability to handle hard experiences, another great parenting book by these authors. ...more
Adam Ricks
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A fine parenting book. I would recommend going and looking at the PDF they provide with the book - and if you are still interested, then pick up the book and get more detailed examples and tips. Definitely some good ideas in the book worth trying.
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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he also ...more

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