Book Review of No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

No Drama Discipline Daniel Seigel Tina Payne Bryson

“Steve Jobs gave a small private presentation about the iTunes Music Store to some independent record label people. My favorite line of the day was when people kept raising their hand saying, “Does it do [x]?”, “Do you plan to add [y]?” Finally Jobs said, “Wait wait — put your hands down. Listen: I know you have a thousand ideas for all the cool features iTunes could have. So do we. But we don’t want a thousand features. That would be ugly. Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It’s about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.” (quote from Derek Sivers)

Daniel Seigel and Tina Payne Bryson are innovators in the world of self-help books for parents and have intelligently, and elegantly, expanded on their parenting philosophy introduced in their prior collaboration, The Whole Brain Child. The authors demonstrated respect for simplicity in the presentation of their book. They made what could’ve been a runaway discourse on brain structures and neuroscience research into a wonderfully engaging argument for closely examining your own parenting philosophy.

Read More

“The Hundred Foot Journey” is Five Movie-Theater-Rows Long

the hundred foot journey Book

It’s rare in cinema to find an adult movie that contains an intelligent story and is tasteful enough to have your kids come along. But The Hundred Foot Journey is both of these things. But I never expected its feel-good message to be put to the test right there in the movie theater.

Read More

Headed for Divorce: Do Scotland and Great Britain Have Irreconcilable Differences?


The impending vote on the independence of Scotland this week is an interesting parallel to the decision that thousands of people make every day in America when they choose divorce over reconciliation of their marriage. Some people simply reach a point where they are convinced that the grass truly is greener elsewhere during a long-standing partnership. But is the grass really greener after divorce?

Read More