Sunday, July 17, 2016

No-Drama Discipline Workbook Review

No-Drama Discipline Workbook: Exercises, Activities, and Practical Strategies to Calm The Chaos and Nurture Developing Minds

Based on their New York Times bestselling book No-Drama Discipline, internationally acclaimed neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, MD, and brain-based parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, have created a guide to manage and reduce drama in your interactions with your kids, and even decrease the amount of time you spend having to discipline.

The goal is simple: discipline less on autopilot by developing a set of principles and strategies based on your own family dynamics. These stories, reflections, and exercises will help you think more deeply about the way you communicate with your kids, and provide opportunities for peaceful and nurturing conflict resolution.

Some of the skills you'll learn:
- Develop clear and consistent strategies for responding to misbehavior.
- Move from tantrum to tranquility by connecting and calming.
- Apply the three "Brain C's" and understand how neuroscience impacts your disciplinary decisions.
- Practice tips to remain firm and consistent in your discipline, while communicating with warmth, love, respect, and compassion.
- Teach your child life lessons on how to relate to others, how to handle difficult situations, and how to control emotions and impulses.
- Engage with the interactive format, journaling to integrate ideas into your parenting approach.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

James Reese
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. (Los Angeles, CA)
Neuropsychiatrist and co-author of The Whole-Brain Child Workbook

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Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. (Los Angeles, CA)
Parenting expert, psychotherapist and co-author of The Whole-Brain Child Workbook

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I would recommend this book to parents and soon to be parents.  It is filled with great ways that can help. Even though no child is the same and some require a bit more or less discipline the workbook is more beneficial to the parent as they are the ones who in the end need to contain themselves and make the situation less traumatic.

The 3 Dimensions of Emotions by Sam Alibrando Review

The 3 Dimensions of Emotions

Finding the Balance of Power, Heart, and Mindfulness in All Your Relationships

Author: Sam Alibrando
You can purchase this book on Amazon.

 Just as there are three dimensions of the physical world (height, width and depth), there are three dimensions of the interpersonal world–power, love, and mindfulness. How well we learn to navigate them directly corresponds to how well we live our lives, how happy and fulfilled we feel.

Human reactivity is the source of most of our interpersonal problems and pain. The 3 Dimensions of Emotions introduces the concept of working the triangle, a unique practice that provides a compelling yet practical road map that can help you move from painful reactivity to productive pro activity in your relationships. And it works just as successfully for a CEO of a Fortune 500 company as it does for a parent struggling to communicate with a teenager.

The 3 Dimensions of Emotions is a new way to understand emotional intelligence and find your relational “sweet spot”―the dynamic intersection of power, love, and mindfulness. It will also help you to:
Manage difficult people in your life.
Improve your emotional intelligence as a partner, parent, and friend.
Improve your emotional intelligence as a leader at work.

About the Author:

Sam Alibrando, PhD, is an organizational consultant, psychotherapist, author, teacher, workshop facilitator, collaborative mediator, and executive coach. He has worked on the three-dimensional model for nearly 35 years and has taught it to thousands of people. Dr. Alibrando is president of APC, Inc., a psychological consulting firm. He is currently an assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches executive coaching. He resides in Pasadena, California.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book was personally, tough for me to get through because it is not super easy to understand but it was readable.  There is so much more included that can not just be read and left.  I will have to go back over each section several times in order to really benefit.  I do think that with the book I will benefit but again it will just take me a little longer.  

I can picture the topics droning on in a lecture or at school and just kind of getting a tired feeling of overwhelming, but you do not have to rush through the book and I would recommend that you do not.

Let's Color Together Coloring Book #letscolortogether


Let’s Color Together brings a new level of engagement to the coloring book craze by featuring beautiful spreads specifically designed for two people to color and enjoy at once, and is the perfect opportunity to sit down, connect, and share some fun with your kids!

Margaret Peot is an artist, writer, and costume painter. Her books include Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity, which was awarded the Eureka! silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books, Alternative Art Journals, and Make Your Mark. Visit her at



Twitter: @MargaretPeot

I recevied a complimentary copy.

BreadCrumbz Review

My Crumby World

 BreadCrumbz – a new children’s brand founded by mom of two girls, 
Shannon Addison. Through BreadCrumbz, which follows the lives and interests of four Crumbz characters, Shannon aims to teach girls between the ages of 6 and 12 years old about the value of self-acceptance.

 The four Crumbz characters – Samantha Sourdough, Rachel Rye, Whitney Wheat, and Penelope Pumpernickel – each have a unique personality and different interests. Despite their differences, however, the Crumbz all encourage girls to find out what it is they like to do and where their interests lie, and to stay true to themselves in all situations.

BreadCrumbz fans can follow each of the Crumbz characters through a series of Trail Tales posted to the company’s website. Each Trail Tail story focuses on one Crumbz character and her world, incorporating valuable messages like “Confidence is the best accessory” or “Sometimes friends are the best medicine”. New Trail Tales are posted to the BreadCrumbz site regularly, providing Crumbz fans with plenty of engaging and thoughtful content.

The BreadCrumbz website also includes a Parentz Corner, designed as a place for parents to share their own experiences and learn about raising children, and an online store which currently features a BreadCrumbz activity book, Pop Inz charm bracelet sets, and BreadCrumbz t-shirts. Additional BreadCrumbz product lines are planned.
I recevied complimentary product.


Cassandra's review-  I would like to suggest that there be characters for boys as well because they would enjoy them.   The whole concept and design of this brand as well as the meaning behind it is awesome.  Each set of charms are affordable so they can all be collected at one time.  Any age group would like the bracelet and charms, but I think the whole package would be best for middle grade girls because that is when the start of needing to preserve self acceptance is the strongest.  This is going to be a great gift as well as a conversation starter and can help parents to break a barrier while helping out.