Parent Education

Tina Bryson Discusses the Yes Brain

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.

When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson calls a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a Yes Brain.

When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They’re better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings. They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the

way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient.

Speaker: Tina Bryson is a psychotherapist and Executive Director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena. She is also the co-author of two New York Times bestselling books on parenting.

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