How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids
Mona Delahooke, PhD
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.
"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)
Dr. Mona Delahooke on the MOTHERLY podcast discussing what the latest neuroscience and psychology research tells us about parenting.
Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D. is a pediatric psychologist specializing in supporting children and families. She has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based interventions for children with developmental, behavioral, emotional and learning differences. Her best-selling and award winning book, Beyond Behaviors describes a paradigm shift in how to understand and support children with behavioral challenges.