Big feelings can be hard to handle at any age!

Jessica Sinarski is here to help! Find books and resources to help you and your children make sense of complicated emotions and experiences.

Are you struggling with a child who…

Refuses to do basic tasks?

Disrespects or ignores you?

Has over-the-top angry outbursts?

Often lies or steals?


The same skills that have helped other kids just aren’t working, and you’re wondering, “Why?”

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It’s a brain thing!

There are many reasons a child’s brain may be wired to operate in “defense mode.” Children who have had a tough start in life often enter relationships with behavioral baggage that can be overwhelming. BraveBrains founder Jessica Sinarski created the Riley the Brave series to help! If you’re looking for even more resources, you’re in the right place.

Let’s start with that tricky time of day… Morning!

Grab a copy of Riley the Brave Makes it to School for some help with tough transitions. "This story and the educational afterword provide a brain boost of empathy, connection, and fun!" -Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA, Director of Oregon Post-Adoption Resource Center

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Click the pictures for more from author Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH

Making brain science practical

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Quick 6 minute video: Practical brain science in easy-to-understand language

Posters make great reminders to encourage more “Upstairs Brain Moments”

Check out this conversation on the Real World Parenting podcast, filled with tips for parents!


Adding some playfulness to your parenting might feel impossible right now. Read more here about how a few small changes can make a big difference in your day-to-day life.

Can playful parenting save your sanity?

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for a weekly playful parenting boost!

Activity Cards

8 printable, full-color activity cards with game ideas and key

I Had a Moment

Tool for discussion with key

I Had a Moment – Home Communication

Easy send-home slip to replace or augment current behavior management communication with parents

Power Up to Calm Down

Breathing exercise

It's a Brain Thing

Printable guide to upstairs and downstairs brain moments with Riley the Brave

Healing Power of Play

Play tips and activities for fun and connection

Tips for healthy and successful bedtime

Bedtime for Brave Cubs

Recursos en español


Spanish Resources

Check out the extended resource library at www.BraveBrains.com


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