This nonfiction parenting book focuses on the science behind how the mind works and uses that knowledge to implement strategies for helping parents understand what their children are thinking and how to help them grow and thrive. It's written in a format with an explanation of part of the brain function, followed by strategies that the parent can implement using this information.I wouldn't say that any of what I read I would consider "revolutionary," and most of it I vaguely remembered having learned at some point or another during my education courses in college, but they were good reminders, especially in dealing with the immature brain of a two-year-old. My favorite part was in the appendix, a "fridge sheet" that listed off each strategy and then specific ideas for each age group. Although to know the reasoning behind it, you'd have to read the main portion of the book, I thought that the fridge sheet in itself was the most valuable part of it.The book definitely had some attachment-parenting leanings, focusing on the relationships between parents and children and building the mutual trust and respect that goes with it. I thought the authors had some really good thoughts about how to help children, but I could also see how all of these strategies would not work for every child, and they did not address that. Although you may get some good ideas from it, it doesn't really deal with children who have behavioral disorders (diagnosed or not). This book really seems to be more geared towards the normal children who have typical, everyday problems.