• Brain-Body Parenting

  • How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids
  • By: Mona Delahooke
  • Narrated by: Emily Ellet
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a leading child psychologist comes this groundbreaking new understanding of children’s behavior, offering insight and strategies to support both parents and children.

Over her decades as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke has routinely counseled distraught parents who struggle to manage their children’s challenging, sometimes oppositional behaviors. These families are understandably focused on correcting or improving a child’s lack of compliance, emotional outbursts, tantrums, and other “out of control” behavior. But, as she has shared with these families, a perspective shift is needed. Behavior, no matter how challenging, is not the problem but a symptom; a clue about what is happening in a child’s unique physiologic makeup. 

In Brain-Body Parenting, Dr. Delahooke offers a radical new approach to parenting based on her clinical experience as well as the most recent research in neuroscience and child psychology. Instead of a “top-down” approach to behavior that focuses on the thinking brain, she calls for a “bottom-up” approach that considers the essential role of the entire nervous system, which produces children’s feelings and behaviors.

When we begin to understand the biology beneath the behavior, suggests Dr. Delahooke, we give our children the resources they need to grow and thrive - and we give ourselves the gift of a happier, more connected relationship with them. Brain-Body Parenting empowers parents with tools to help their children develop self-regulation skills while also encouraging parental self-care, which is crucial for parents to have the capacity to provide the essential “co-regulation” children need. When parents shift from trying to secure compliance to supporting connection and balance in the body and mind, they unlock a deeper understanding of their child, encouraging calmer behavior, more harmonious family dynamics, and increased resilience.

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©2022 Mona Delahooke (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Groundbreaking

This is a must read / listen for parents of high needs children, teachers, camp counselors and other educators and caregivers. Delahooke explains what lies behind childrens' struggles. She lays in the final pieces to questions like: Why won't my kid listen? and, I've told my kid 100x that it will be fine, why aren't they convinced? You'll want a paper copy to make notes, too. Excellent information, well-told. Unfortunate that a narrator actor voices Delahooke's research, it's always hard to connect when the words are made to feel flat, even and polished, rather than in storytelling voice.

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well written, well read.

great book. I will certainly be sharing this with my clients with little ones and parent friends.