Resources & Books

“The Whole Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

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  • the number one book I recommend for all parents
  • recommended for parents of young children ages 2+
  • simple hands–on tools and skills to try with you child to nurture their brain in the optimal way
  • easy to read, lots of “don’t do this, do this instead” ideas and tips

“Brain Storm”  by Daniel Siegel

A book for parents to help turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children’s lives into one of the most rewarding.

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  • the number one book I recommend to parents of tweens and teens
  • an essential read for parents of teenagers
  • a very important read to fully understand what is happening neurologically in the teenage brain
  • learn what is necessary for healthy brain development, what is normal, what is expected, and what you can do as a parent to facilitate healthy brain growth

“The Big Disconnect” by Catherine Steiner-Adair

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood And Family Relationships In The Digital Age Book Cover
  • recommended for all parents of all aged children
  • this book strategically divided into development stages (ages 0-2. 2-5, etc…) to learn how you should help navigate technology in your family at each stage of life
  • learn how technology (smartphones, Baby Einstein, iPads) affects brain development; what is harmful and what is healthy

“Hold Onto Your Kids” by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate

Why Parents Need to Matter more than Peers

Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers Book Cover
  • recommended for parents of all ages
  • learn how to ‘collect’ your child before you redirect or guide you kids, leading to an improved relationships with them
  • filled with lots of what to do’s, what not to do’s
  • how to ensure your child will turn to you for support, rather than their peers

“The Invisible Classroom” by Kirke Olson

Relationships, Neuroscience and Mindfulness in Schools

The Invisible Classroom: Relationships Neuroscience And Mindfulness At Work In School Book Cover
  • recommended for all educators, of all ages
  • learn how students need security and emotional connection from you, in order for learning to occur
  • how to help create learners that are creative, resilient and curious
  • based on the latest research in brain science, obtain easy hands-on tools to try in your classrooms/schools

“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown

Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Book Cover
  • recommended for parents who have a hard time with perfectionism and a fear of failure/vulnerability
  • can be read for the benefit of parents, as well as for your own personal growth
  • explains how we have to let ourselves feel vulnerable sometimes, in order for whole-hearted happiness to occur
  • I often recommend the author’s TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability

“Yes Your Teen Is Crazy” by Michael J. Bradley

Loving Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind Book Cover
  • recommended for all parents of tween and teens
  • a hilarious look at what is happening in your teens head (the craziness, the inconsistencies, the moodiness)
  • provides easy hands-on strategies for things like: chores, part time jobs, curfews, and how to navigate these with your teen
  • an easy read that is also very entertaining