No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J Siegel

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehaviour, No-Drama Discipline provides 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 behaviour (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 behaviour–while still setting clear and consistent limits
– tips for navigating your child 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.

This is a fantastic read and one I regularly recommend to parents in my practice. Forget all the old Time out models and start implementing time in instead! Sit with your child during these strong emotions and teach them that it’s perfectly normal to feel angry or sad.
This book offers excellent advice to parents who are really struggling to “discipline” their child. It is all about the repair and connection.
Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson tell this story with so many true-life examples that parents can really relate to. It is an easy read with gentle and logical tips and advice on how to “teach” our children.
I had the pleasure of attending a two-day conference with Dan Siegel in Cork last year and the knowledge he shared has been invaluable.
I highly recommend for all parents to read this book.

5 out of 5