Second Nature

How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control
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A neuroscientist and mother of four offers a fresh, effective, thoroughly science-based way to parent, giving you principles and practical tools to teach children of all ages the basic life skills of creativity, empathy, self-control—strengths that are essential for proper self-regulation and pave the way to happy, successful, and independent adulthoods.

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Use Neuroscience to Raise an Awesome Person, Starting Now

Searching for a roadmap to raise a successful child who makes a positive difference in this world? Neuroscientist and mother Erin Clabough teaches that to thrive as adults, children need to learn self-regulation, a master life skill founded in empathy, creativity, and self-control. The lack of even one of these intertwined skills underlies nearly all of the parenting problems we face.

The good news is that you can build these strengths in children at any age, from infancy to adulthood. Here, using key insights from brain development research, you'll learn how.

With scientific depth and in clear language, Erin gets you up to date on the vast tide of emerging neuroscience discoveries and how they can help you parent better.

Practicing these skills requires a new mindset, but "second nature" parenting is low effort and high impact. It only takes a few minutes each day to nurture the skills your kids need, simply by using everyday situations that you're already facing in a different way.

A hands-on exploration of

  • Empathy, creativity, and self-control, three key, interrelated skills that support your child's decision-making, emotional regulation, happiness, and independence
  • A wealth of tools based on neuroscience principles, from quick "do anywhere" games to long-term strategies, for creating positive lifelong habits
  • Self-regulation, where the three key skills come together, giving your child the power to blaze a trail towards a personal goal while preserving healthy relationships
  • A wealth of tools based on neuroscience principles, from quick "do anywhere" games to long-term strategies, for creating positive lifelong habits
  • How to better understand and deal with tantrums, impulsivity, inattention, bickering, bullying, and other common challenges
  • In-depth guidance on how to build motivation, enhance critical thinking skills, encourage accountability, create space for play and reflection, cultivate compassion, solve problems, and much more
Format Details
Paperback Book eBook
Contents Paperback Book (288 pages) eBook(288 pages)
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK05326 BK05326W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-079-0 978-1-68364-080-6
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Erin Clabough

About Erin Clabough

Erin Clabough is a mother of four who holds a PhD in neuroscience. Her parenting style has been highly influenced by her background in brain development research. She teaches biology and neuroscience, and heads an active research program that investigates questions about how the brain functions, including developmental areas such as fetal alcohol syndrome and lifespan topics such as neurodegenerative disease. She is also interested in incorporating neuroscience principles into the classroom, in service learning, and in providing hands-on learning experiences to students of all ages. She participated in a developmental cognitive neuroscience program at the University of Denver, where she was involved in Down syndrome, autism, and schizophrenia research. Erin received her PhD in neuroscience from University of Virginia in 2006, specializing in the molecular genetics of neurodegeneration. She subsequently held a three‑year postdoctoral research position at the University of Virginia. Her scientific research has resulted in many peer‑reviewed journal articles. She writes for Psychology Today, mindbodygreen, TODAY Parenting, and other publications.