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

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

by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson


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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 bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative. They’re better at relationships and handling adversity. In The Yes Brain, the authors give parents skills, scripts, and activities to bring kids of all ages into the beneficial “yes” state. You’ll learn

• the four fundamentals of the Yes Brain—balance, resilience, insight, and empathy—and how to strengthen them
• the key to knowing when kids need a gentle push out of a comfort zone vs. needing the “cushion” of safety and familiarity
• strategies for navigating away from negative behavioral and emotional states (aggression and withdrawal) and expanding your child’s capacity for positivity

The Yes Brain is an essential tool for nurturing positive potential and keeping your child’s inner spark glowing and growing strong.

Praise for The Yes Brain

“This unique and exciting book shows us how to help children embrace life with all of its challenges and thrive in the modern world. Integrating research from social development, clinical psychology, and neuroscience, it’s a veritable treasure chest of parenting insights and techniques.”—Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., author of Mindset 

“I have never read a better, clearer explanation of the impact parenting can have on a child’s brain and personality.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

“Easily assimilated and informative, the book will help adults enable children to lead physically and emotionally satisfying and well-rounded lives filled with purpose and meaningful relationships. Edifying, easy-to-understand scientific research that shows the benefits that accrue when a child is encouraged to be inquisitive, spirited, and intrepid.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399594687
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 50,181
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Brainstorm, Mind, and, with Tina Payne Bryson, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. He is also the author of the bestsellers Mindsight and, with Mary Hartzell, Parenting from the Inside Out. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, with welcome visits from their adult son and daughter.

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is the co-author, with Daniel J. Siegel, of two New York Times bestsellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. She is the founder and executive director of the Center for Connection, an interdisciplinary clinical team in Pasadena, California. She is a licensed clinical social worker, providing pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and parenting consultations. As well, she keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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Table of Contents

Welcome xi

Chapter 1 The Yes Brain: An Introduction 3

Chapter 2 The Balanced Yes Brain 27

Chapter 3 The Resilient Yes Brain 74

Chapter 4 The Insightful Yes Brain 102

Chapter 5 The Empathic Yes Brain 131

Conclusion Rethinking Success: A Yes Brain Perspective 163

Acknowledgwents 181

Refrigerator Sheet 186

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The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful approach to parenting, and to life, as well! What I love of this book is that it’s not merely a bunch of strategies or tips disconnected from each other: these science-based strategies make up an overall approach to parenting aimed at promoting the well-being of children (and adults, as well). However, this doesn’t mean that the book is all theory: there are many practical suggestions for cultivating the four cornerstones of a Yes Brain: balance, resilience, insight and empathy. The Yes Brain is both a mindset – an open and receptive outlook on life - and a neurological state – a state of brain integration. The opposite is the “No brain”, a state of rigidity and reactivity and lack of integration. Cultivating a Yes Brain means not only promoting self-control, resilience, self-knowledge and empathy in children: it means also give them the tools to find out who they are and who they want to become, to "fan the flame of their unique inner spark": what a beautiful image is this! This is respect for children at work, I think! And this also leads to a redefinition of the concept of success, which should not be measured exclusively on outward results, but on the ability to cultivate our innermost gifts and desires. The authors have succeded once again in making complex brain science concepts accessible to everyone, and they also go beyond that: they give us the tools to explain these same concepts to children, as well, thanks to the many pictures of the book. I think this book will be particularly useful not only for parents and caregivers in general, but also for teachers and for educational policy-makers, too. For instance, I’ve found particularly interesting the description of the findings of a training aimed at cultivating empathy in teachers. As with many books by Siegel and Bryson, also this one can be of great help not only to children and parents, but to adults in general. There is a section in each chapter aimed at parents (My own Yes Brain) which I think can be useful to anyone. After all, our brains continue to grow and change...and hopefully to improve, too! I received an e-copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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….self-regulation, competence and well-being. Useful, practical strategies to help children thrive are provided by the same authors who wrote The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. Bottom line, if you are interesting in helping guide your children to embrace life more fully and become more self-regulated and well-rounded, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this book. Shelly9677