Yes Brain Child: Help Your Child be More Resilient, Independent and Creative


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From the bestselling parenting experts behind the whole-brain child comes a highly successful plan for helping your child become more independent and resilient.

Children can often act out or shut down when faced with a setback or a tricky issue like homework, food or screen time. This is what acclaimed parenting experts Dr Siegel and Dr Bryson call the ‘No Brain’ response. But you can help your child develop the ability to cope, solve their own problems and thrive by nurturing their ‘Yes Brain’.

Drawing on their successful work with thousands of parents and children from all backgrounds, Dr Siegel and Dr Bryson provide the advice, tools and activities to help parents with children of all ages.

This is what the ‘Yes Brain’ approach looks like in action:

  • A 5-year-old boy thinks about his first day at school and says, ‘I’m nervous but I’ll give it a try.’
  • An 8 year-old girl says, ‘I’d like to join the football team, even though none of my friends like football.’
  • A 14 year-old boy looks at a test he’s earned a D- for and says, ‘That’s not the mark I wanted but it’s not the end of the world. I’ll ask the teacher how I can improve.’


  • Welcome
  • Chapter 1: The yes brain: An introduction
  • Chapter 2: The balanced yes brain
  • Chapter 3: The resilient yes brain
  • Chapter 4: The insightful yes brain
  • Chapter 5: The empathic yes brain
  • Conclusion rethinking success: A yes perspective
  • Acknowledgements
  • Fridge sheet
  • About the authors

Author Bio:

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behaviour, autobiographical memory and narrative.

Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.


“A masterly, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence” – Daniel Goleman, author or Emotional Intelligence

“One of the best books I have read on how to parent” – Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters.