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Summary

The number one Sunday Times best seller

Want to know the secret to tackling tantrums and tears, stopping squabbles in seconds and lay the foundations for your child's good mental health in the process?

In There's No Such Thing as 'Naughty', mum to two young children, journalist and children's mental health advocate Kate Silverton shares her groundbreaking new approach to parenting under-fives that helps to make family life so much easier and and certainly a lot more fun!

Kate's unique strategies, easy-to-follow scripts and simple techniques will enable you to manage those tricky everyday challenges with ease - and help you to enjoy the strongest bond possible with your child, both now and in the years ahead.

Endorsed by leading figures in the field of children's mental health, at the heart of the book is a simple and revelatory way to understand how your child's brain develops and how it influences their behaviour.

Rooted in the latest science - explained really simply - this engaging, accessible and warm parenting guide will redefine how you see and raise your children, with a new understanding that for under-fives, there can be no such thing as 'naughty'. 

©2021 Kate Silverton (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"As a parenting support book this is in a class of its own. It is perhaps the most helpful book for parents of children of any age." (Professor Peter Fonagy, CEO Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families) 

"This book has changed my life." (Joe Wicks)

"This is a book that will change lives." (Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, infant psychologist) 

"This book is absolutely brilliant! I love that it is about parenting a healthy brain." (Dr Guddi Singh, paediatrician and health campaigner) 

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Good but no accompanying pdf as stated

Enjoyed the audiobook very much, and lots to think about and try. I listened to it whilst driving to utilise the time. A couple of times in the book Kate refers to other authors and says there is an accompanying pdf. I couldn't locate this and neither could audible when I called asking about it. This is disappointing, particularly when I was told in the follow up email from them I needed to state the times it was said. Surely it would be more sensible for them to contact Kate or her publisher and ask her for the information?!

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complex ideas made simple... but no PDF

I enjoyed this. Some other reviewers thought her tone was patronising, but I disagree - just go along with it.

Where's the PDF Kate keeps referring to?

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no such thing as naughty..... read it before judgi

I have enjoyed this audible book which was well written and clearly spoken. You may or may not agree with the writer but there is plenty of food for thought.

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Understanding a child’s perspective

I was recommended this book from a friend and as a teacher, I understood many concepts in this book. Mainly, knowing there is a why behind behaviour and not to just react to it. That was the theme throughout the book. I loved the chapters about crying and the last one about self care, where she quashed some of societies tradition of bringing up kids. On the other hand, I didn’t see where she developed a child’s resilience. The book is more for 2-5 year olds. I have 2 kids under 2 and there was nothing much for them, but at least it got me thinking about them in the future. The biggest takeaway was trying to understand the child’s perspective before doing anything.

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Makes so much sense! Brilliant!

After reading the book, I decided to listen to the audio version....thoroughly recommended to all! Listening to Kate reading her own words, just reinforced the thinking behind this book. I wish this advice was on offer when I brought up my own children...now a grandmother, it has completely opened my eyes to how children's brains develop and I now really do believe that 'There's No Such Thing as Naughty'. Well done Kate Silverton!

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Amazing book!

This book is amazing! It has really opened my eyes to why children act the way they do and what we can do to support and shape them into the adults that we’d all like them to become. It’s so clear and well read by the author, with actionable steps and a toolkit to help you through the tough job that is parenthood. At certain points I felt quite emotional listening to it both with laughter and then at other times sad coming to the realisation of things that I could have done better for my daughter in the 2 and a half years of her life.

This book is a MUST for all parents of little ones and I’m certainly going to recommend it to all of my friends and family with children 5 and under.

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best book for every parent

Best book that will help you raise responsible and emotionally well grounded children. The book is based on research and evidence and delivered with an amazing style of writing making information that's jargon laden very accessible for everyone.

Enjoy your journey of learning about your lizard and you baboon. This book will help you turn them into wise 🦉 owls.

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a MUST for parents and adults!

this book is simply eye and mind opening! it makes you understand why and how kids and adults operate. also it knocks down so many stereotypes about parenting.
you will find some bitter pills to swallow, but this will make you a better person, parent and partner.

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Brilliant

So inspiring and the best parenting advice. Really useful information and tips. Keep revisiting relevant chapters!

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Good but simple message, patronisingly narrated

The underlying concepts of child brain development and how to connect with them effectively is good but the way they're explained is very over-simplified. Maybe ok if the ideas are new to you, but even then there are probably better books out there which are more thoroughly grounded in research and less based on the author's experiences with her individual children.

I had to stop listening to the book because of the narration - I found it really patronising and smug.

For a better book on similar concepts I'd highly recommend the Whole Brain Child.

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I'm instantly a better parent

really important reading for anyone with kids. even grandparent who wants to understand how they can support their own kids through parenting. truly valuable and necessary reading presented in simple easy to read English.