Using Brain Science to Become a Better Parent

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Being a parent is tough. There’s no doubting that. Helping children grow and develop into resilient, resourceful, independent adults is no easy task.

But, have you ever stopped to think about the role that brain development plays in the way in which you parent your children? Parenting science has come a long way over the last few decades, but recently, combining personal experiences with new knowledge can lead to amazing results.

As it turns out, much of the challenging behavior we encounter when parenting especially young kids can be tied back to their brain development at that stage. Depending upon what stage they’re in and what “brain” they’re in, the way we react to challenging behavior and the way our children respond to us will differ greatly.

Today we’re speaking with Allana Robinson. She s Parenting Coach and CEO of Uncommon Sense Parenting, as well as a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Mom of two, and military wife. Allana supports parents of toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners in understanding WHY their children are misbehaving and how to fix it without yelling, shaming, or time-outs.

During this episode, Allana gives us a simple yet accurate picture of young children’s developing brains. She talks about how to recognize when children are relying on different parts of their brain and uses color-coding to make it quick and easy to understand. Finally, and most importantly, Allana talks about how we can adjust our response to our kids depending upon what “brain” they’re in.

As a parent of two young children, I got so much out of this episode, and I know you will too!

Additional Resources:

  1. Listen to my interview with Doug Noll about the role of emotions in conflict:
  2. Learn how to cultivate a better mother-daughter relationship with Dr Michelle Deering:
  3. Sign up for Allana’s free class:

The Brain Science of Personal Empowerment

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Have you ever wanted to change your behavior or go after a goal, yet you found it so difficult to do it? So many times, we get down on ourselves when this happens, yet brain science shows us that habits or patterns our mind formed over time are at the core of the difficulty we have in changing our own behavior. 

This week on the podcast, we’re speaking with Adele Spraggon, international speaker, behavior change expert, and author of the book “Shift: 4 Steps to Personal Empowerment.” In our conversation, we talk about what brain patterns are and the powerful role they play in our behavior. Adele gives us a step-by-step process for beginning to make changes in our own brain patterns in order to move in the direction we want to go in life. 

We end with a deep discussion on the importance of distancing ourselves from our own automatic thoughts and learning to bore into our emotions for the sake of gaining personal insight. You won’t want to miss it. 

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