Brain-Body Parenting: How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids

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“This book is a game-changer.”

– Dr. Stephen Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory

“This book offers a radically effective approach to parenting that will turn everything you think you know upside-down.”

– Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion and Fierce Self-Compassion

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Brain-Body Parenting

How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids

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

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 – and the energy 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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In Brain-Body Parenting Dr. Delahooke expands on her paradigm shifting-model of treating children with disruptive behaviors. In contrast to prevailing models that dominate parenting manuals and educational arenas, Dr. Delahooke provides a more compassionate approach that addresses the needs of a child’s nervous system and offers insightful examples for readers to rethink and restructure their parenting.  This book is a game-changer.

– Dr. Stephen Porges
author of The Polyvagal Theory

I adore this book! Brain-Body Parenting updates outdated lenses, offering powerful, practical ways think about and respond to children. Dr. Delahooke shows caregivers how to understand children’s emotions and behaviors, and guides us to respond in ways that are transformative both in the challenging moments, and in our child’s development over time. Parents, teachers, grandparents, and the children they love, will all be deeply impacted by this beautiful book.

– Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW, Ph.D.
New York Times Bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child & No-Drama Discipline,
and author of The Bottom Line for Baby

In Brain-Body Parenting, Mona Delahooke translates the latest relational neuroscience research into easily readable and actionable support for parents, amplifying the importance of attuned and loving parent-child relationships. I will be recommending this book to every parent who has at times struggled with their child’s out of control behavior, or their own–which is everyone!

– Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent
Happy Kids and founder of Aha! Parenting