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The Yes Brain Child: Help Your Child be More Resilient, Independent and Creative

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‘This unique book shows us how to help our children embrace life with all of its challenges. It’s a treasure chest of parenting insights and techniques’
CAROL DWECK, bestselling author of Mindset

Children can often
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 9th 2018)
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole Sterling
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jeff Hascall
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Stephen Stilwell
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parents want all the good things in life for their kids, like health, wealth, and happiness. In today’s fast-paced world, though, it can be a little unclear how to get those. The old routes of college and marriage don’t seem to be working as well as in previous years. What’s a parent to do? How can we point kids in the right direction when we don’t know where to go ourselves? People of all ages can best cope with life when they remain open to its challenges and opportunities. We need to have a “ ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Omar El-mohri
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: printed-copy, 2019
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.
Jennifer Salas
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who is raising children or thinking about having children should read this book if they want to raise emotionally intelligent human beings!
The audiobook was good but it is difficult to get the full effect without reading the book due to the handouts they reference.
Anna Mcallister
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Adam Ricks
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.
Frances Marshall
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was unimpressed by the ideas in this book. The authors seemed to be going over the ideas that spawned a generation of children raised on empty praise and kudos for doing little or nothing in the name of keeping their self-esteem high.
Romans Karpelcevs
It was a disappointing book. It started incredibly slowly, with Daniel describing what is a balanced child, and why is it important, and what it is in other words, and then examples, and then that being balanced would help everyone and on and on for almost two chapters.
Then some new acronyms came, and then adaptations of the same techniques described in the Whole Brain Child. I don't think the book gave me anything new. 3 stars only because for someone reading this book as their first, it might
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um, this book got a little caught up in it's own jargon - yes brain and green zone and 4 Ss. I felt like it took fairly simple ideas then tried to layer on analogies or catchy taxonomies in a way that made it more confusing. I'll try their Whole Brain child next. I like the underlying ideas.
Victoria B. Gentry
This was good, but most material can be found in The Whole Brain Child.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
The Yes Brain wasn't a bad book. But if you've read The Whole-Brain Child, there's nothing much that is new in this book - most of what Siegel and Bryson cover in The Yes Brain is familiar ground.

In a nutshell, if you want your child to have a "Yes Brain", i.e. to be open to new challenges and opportunities, to be receptive rather than reactive, then you have to teach them (a) balance; (b) resilience; (c) insight; and (d) empathy.

Balance - i.e. emotional flexibility and behavioural balance - is
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...[B]ehavior is communication. And problematic behavior is actually a message, where our kids are saying, 'I need help building skills in this certain area. I can't do this well yet.'"

This book is all about positive parenting, which is something that Siegel and Bryson have done a great job promoting. I had a hard time grasping "The Yes Brain" concept, I think it's all about being in the positive part of your mindset but it's not a solid and easily described idea. If you haven't tackled any
Jess Macallan
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed other books by Dr. Siegel and this book is another great addition to any positive parenting library. My first thought when I started the book was that the premise reminded me of Carol Dweck's growth vs. fixed mindset, and the authors later draw those parallels between a Yes Brain vs. No Brain and how it relates to children. I believe the best summary of what this book teaches parents is given by the authors themselves when they say, "Our job is to walk with our children ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed the whole thing in one sitting. This is my third book by these authors, and they're getting soooo boring. The book is too dry, full of bloated academic/abstract paragraphs with too few helpful real-life anecdotes and example reactions to put into practice. There are two or three example comics that I might photocopy for my homeschool classroom for my kids to learn the concepts. But I also would have loved some nice big graphics explaining topics such as the Zones of Regulation. I guess ...more
Some things:

I experienced this book as a brilliant synthesis. On top of that, it's brief.

I think it cast a wide net. It's inclusive, yet non-trivial (i.e. profound).

It's a parenting book that lets me in and speaks to me. As a struggling, "special needs"/outlier parent of a "special needs"/outlier child, I often experience desolation and alienation when I read parent/child books. The Yes Brain isn't specifically "for" outliers, but we fit here.

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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
“behavior is communication.” 2 likes
“Instead of just reacting to the external actions, you are focusing your attention on what her inner world may be like—red, green, or blue—and communicating to that internal state of your child.” 1 likes
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