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Let’s admit it. We all lose our cool sometimes with our kids. We might feel frustrated, at a loss for what to do, mad, overwhelmed, and more. And, sometimes we feel all these things at the same time! Dr. Mona Delahooke, child psychologist, gets it. Her new book, "Brain-Body Parenting How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids", is a game-changer. I would highly recommend this book to any parent, caregiver, teacher, or clinician.
"Many times, kids’ behaviors are not just defiance or attention-seeking. Their Brain-Body platform may be at a deficit…"
In the book, Dr. Delahooke writes about times when she struggled as a parent while raising her three children. She also gives many great examples, strategies, and “lens changes” for looking at our children’s behavior and our own behavior.
Drawing on the solid neurodevelopmental framework and research, Dr. Delahooke teaches us how to become more aware of our own nervous system (Brain-Body Platform) and how to notice when our “Body Budget” is low. Then she helps us look at our children in the same way. Many times, kids’ behaviors are not just defiance or attention-seeking. Their Brain-Body platform may be at a deficit and they may be having a stress response. She gives practical strategies for making “deposits” to our body budgets and supporting our platform and our child’s platform.
When we can attune to ourselves and our children, we can stay calmer through our child’s emotional storms. This will help us recognize what the child needs to feel safer and more connected, which in turn will bring more joy to the relationship.