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No-Drama Discipline

Written by: Tina Payne Bryson PhD, Daniel j. Siegel MD
Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel MD, Tina Payne Bryson PhD
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Publisher's Summary

The pioneering experts behind the bestselling The Whole-Brain Child - Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel, the New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm - now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Disciplineprovides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears - without causing a scene.

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. Inside this sanity-saving guide you’ll discover

  • strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy - and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart
  • facts on child brain development - and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
  • the way to calmly and lovingly connect with a child - no matter how extreme the behavior - while still setting clear and consistent limits
  • tips for navigating your children through a tantrum to achieve insight, empathy, and repair
  • twenty discipline mistakes even the best parents make - and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques.

Complete with candid stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.

©2014 Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Wow! This book grabbed me from the very first page and did not let go. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson explain extremely well why punishment is a dead-end strategy. Then they describe what to do instead. By making the latest breakthroughs in brain science accessible to any parent, they show why empathy and connection are the royal road to cooperation, discipline, and family harmony." (Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of The Opposite of Worry)

"Using simple and clear explanations, practical advice, and cartoons that make the how-to guidance come alive, this book is a rich resource for families trying to navigate meltdowns and misunderstandings. It explains how neurobiology drives children’s infuriating and puzzling behavior and will help parents make their way through the trenches of a typical day with grace, mutual respect, and a good helping of delight." (Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee)

"What a relief! Siegel and Bryson take the difficulty out of discipline, for parents or anyone who has to help kids behave. No-Drama Discipline offers a research-based, commonsense approach that any grown-up will be happy to use, and any kid will benefit from." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)

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Amazing book!

A must read for anyone who interacts with children!, parents, teachers and grand parents and caregivers.

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A must-read/listen.

The no-drama approach gives “gentle parenting” a set of principles to live by. I really liked how it explained brain development as it pertained to connection/re-direction.

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Really Helpful!

I loved the authors in this! Everything is easily understood and works for us. Thank you!

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Must read

This changes my whole outlook on parenting and how to approach discipline. I’m learning so much

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As a parent to a strong willed 3 year old, this book was very helpful. Every parent needs to read this book!

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No Drama Communication for All!

The principles within this book can carry into all human interactions!
Validate and redirect (as necessary) are two essential elements of healthy communication.

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Takes a while to get into the tactical stuff

Repetitive. Almost in every chapter the author keeps "reassuring us" that we will address this in later chapters. I've been listening to the book for over 3 hours now and they keep promising they'll talk about it in later chapters. Good book, but the first 3 hours are quite repetitive. Still no "tactical advice" as of yet.

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A must read for all parents!

A good eye opener about how counterintuitive successful parenting is. Now when I'm at the mall or at wal-mart and I see other parents constantly nagging at their kids who are out of control I know why. I used to have a teacher in high school who had such an amazing and polite little 5 year old boy. Now that I think about his style as a teacher, I know why his boy was like that after reading this book.

This book will challenge your thoughts about parenting - because it's likely that your parents did it backwards as well. Our boy is 2 and I had a couple times where I found myself going down the traditional road of "trying to straighten him out". The problems continued, but after reading this book I can see change. It is a challenge to follow the methods, but the book's goal is to re-wire your brain on the cause and effect relationship between your actions as a parent in discipline and your child's actions or temper.

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a very real and refreshing approach to parenting

i loved how real-life the authors made this book. it not only teaches a fantastic approach, but applies it to very real, very relatable situations that parents deal with and struggle through. the balance of theory and practical examples is pretty much perfect.

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Great thoughts to reflect on

Liked the emphasis on connection and treating your child as their own person who you have utmost respect for.

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