No-Drama Discipline

The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

A New York Times Bestseller!

Click here for a short look inside the book with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Bryson, Ph.D.

The pioneering experts behind the bestselling The Whole-Brain Child now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, 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 behavior (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 brain development—and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
  • the way to calmly connect with and communicate love for a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits
  • tips for navigating through the storm to achieve insight, empathy, and repair with your children
  • twenty discipline mistakes even great parents make—and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques
Complete with candid parenting 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.


"What a relief! Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson take the difficulty out of discipline, for parents or anyone who has to help kids behave.  NO DRAMA DISCIPLINE offers a research-based, common-sense approach that any grown up will be happy to use, and any kid will benefit from."
- Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence

"Wow! This book grabbed me from the very first page and did not let go. Siegel and Bryson explain extremely well why punishment is a dead-end strategy. Then they describe what to do instead. By making the latest breakthroughs in brain science accessible to any parent, they show why empathy and connection are the royal road to cooperation, discipline, and family harmony."

— Lawrence J. Cohen, author of The Opposite of Worry and Playful Parenting

"Frustrated parents often ask me why the disciplinary techniques they are using with their children aren't working, or are even making things worse.  I have not always known what to say, because I was not always sure that I understood what was going wrong.  Now I know.  No Drama Discipline unlocks the secrets of discipline: what works and what doesn’t and why---and what to do when you are pulling your hair out.  Simply put, Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s insights and techniques will make you a better parent. I know that  I will be using the concepts from this extraordinarily helpful book for years to come."

— Michael Thompson, Ph.D, co-author Raising Cain and It's a Boy!

“Using simple and clear explanations, practical advice, and cartoons that make the “how-to” guidance come alive, this book is a rich resource for families trying to navigate meltdowns and misunderstandings. It explains how neurobiology drives children’s infuriating and puzzling behavior and will help parents make their way through the trenches of a typical day with grace, mutual respect and a good helping of delight.”
— Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B-


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