The best books for neuroscientific parenting

The Books I Picked & Why

Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment

By Daniel A. Hughes, Jonathan Baylin

Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment

Why this book?

My students love this book. It takes the inside perspective of both the parent and the child in stressful situations and guides the reader on how to act in a way that builds connection and relationship. It is easy to read with lots of real-life examples.


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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

Why this book?

You must read Dan Siegel, one of the founders of the Interpersonal Neurobiology field who writes lots of best sellers, many of them for parents. This book informs the reader on how the brain develops and functions. The book offers multiple actions in reaction to a child’s needs or actions that are brain-growth oriented and foster connection and healthy attachment.


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The Science of Parenting: How Today S Brain Research Can Help You Raise Happy, Emotionally Balanced Childr

By Margot Sunderland

The Science of Parenting: How Today S Brain Research Can Help You Raise Happy, Emotionally Balanced Childr

Why this book?

I keep a pile of this book on my shelf to give away to new parents and grandparents. It is fun to flip through and see what catches your eye. It has lots of photos and diagrams that make it easy to understand. It has easy-to-read descriptions of young children’s needs in light of their brain development. It is the closest to outlining the evolved nest that young children need. And it is inexpensive!


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The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth

By Stanley I. Greenspan, Serena Wieder, Robin Simons

The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth

Why this book?

Stanley Greenspan was a phenomenal insightful physician who started “floor time” to connect with and support children with special needs. This book lays out the general technique with case studies as example. Most importantly, the method is not rigid but guides parents on how to be uniquely sensitive to their child.


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Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence

By Lawrence J. Cohen

Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence

Why this book?

This book is full of fun ideas for learning to play with your children at different ages, letting them lead the play. Play is a fundamental way to grow the brain at any age. So the approach is beneficial for parents as well as kids. Imagine playing as a way to solve behavior problems!


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