No-Drama Discipline by Siegel and Bryson


No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book A lot of the information is similar to that of their previous book (The Whole-Brain Child- see other review on this site), but in this one, the information seems to be organized in a manner even more user-friendly. The authors did reference the previous book once or twice, but I don’t think you need to have read the first one in order to understand this one (if you want to, please be my guest. No such thing as too much education!).

In No-Drama Discipline, the authors are asking the reader to be more reflective than in the first book. In this way, I feel like the book is more effective for parents who really want to focus on how to change their behavior in order to adjust the behavior of their children. In The Whole-Brain Child, I believe the goal was much more informational regarding the brain development of children. Because of this difference, and the fact that there is a lot of overlap, I would recommend No-Drama Discipline over The Whole-Brain Child if I could only recommend one.

In this book, the author’s make great use of simple explanations as to how the brain works. Again, they use many concrete examples, and come across more like caring parent coaches and less judgey PTA moms.  The tone is one of encouragement.

I also like the way that the emphasizes important information either through diagrams, italics, or by utilizing cartoons. If you are not much of a “book-learner”, the authors clearly are making an effort to provide you with information in a manner that better matches your learning style (given that this is in fact a book, the authors are clearly limited in this regard).

What’s great about this book is that, parent or not, speaking with a child or an adult, the communication skills discussed in this book are effective for enhancing connections in all relationships, not just parent to child. I have no real criticisms about the book. In fact, I have already recommended it to three or four of my clients, with children ages 6-22. I highly encourage everyone to give it a quick read.

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