Are You Over-Functioning for Your Kid?

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October 4th, 2021

By: Tina Bryson, PhD

Dr. Tina Bryson explains how a child develops independence – and a parent’s role in this process! It may seem easier to do things for them, but it’s important to pause and not rush in to help. Instead, parents can prompt their child through a thinking process. Dr. Bryson says that sometimes the most loving thing to do in those moments is to let them figure it out, with your emotional support. That is how our children can learn to build their own skills!

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into over forty languages, as well as The Yes Brain and two upcoming titles, The Power of Showing Up and Bottom Line for Baby. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations. An LCSW, Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at