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A Tween’s Guide to Learning About Your Thoughts, Navigating Big Emotions, and Being a Confident Kid

Daniel J. Siegel, MD |  Deena Margolin, LMFT
Publication Date:
Oct 11, 2022
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With NowMaps by their side, tweens can go from “I’m so overwhelmed” to “I can now handle this!”

Written by world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, Dr. Dan Siegel, and Deena Margolin, LMFT, co-founder of the popular online community Big Little Feelings, NowMaps is a one-of-a-kind adventure that introduces the neuroscience of social-emotional learning in a fun, interactive way!

Using four easy-to-remember tools – a pause button, a focus flashlight, an OK monitor, and a compass – tweens will learn how to create a NowMap, a snapshot of their present-moment experience, so they can navigate all of life’s moments with confidence and kindness. A NowMap shows tweens where they are right now so they can decide where they want to go next.

Packed with over 40 games, exercises, and activities, NowMaps is every tween’s sidekick for:

  • Identifying and discerning between thoughts and feelings
  • Enhancing interoceptive awareness
  • Learning how to respond thoughtfully rather than react automatically
  • Handling disappointment when things don’t go as planned
  • Developing a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset
  • Navigating social conflicts and bumps in relationships
  • Learning coping skills when everything feels like “too much”
  • And more!




Daniel J. Siegel, MD's Profile

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Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel's psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel's books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include:The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Daniel Siegel is the clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, the medical director of Lifespan Learning Institute, the executive director of Center for Human Development and Mindsight Institute, and the founding editor of Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Daniel Siegel receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Daniel Siegel serves on the advisory board for Gloo and Convergence in Washington, D.C.

Deena Margolin, LMFT's Profile

Deena Margolin, LMFT Related seminars and products

Deena Margolin, LMFT, specializes in helping children and families connect with compassion and build skills for resilience. A Los Angeles native, Deena studied psychology at Bucknell University before returning to LA as a research assistant at UCLA, where her work focused on mindfulness, anxiety regulation, and the brain. Deena received her master’s in marriage and family therapy from USC while also working as associate director at the Mindsight Institute under Dr. Dan Siegel and Caroline Welch, she later trained at the Center for Mindful Living. Deena has also worked as a school counselor with Counseling Partners of Los Angeles, facilitated toddler groups at The Play Group, and supported parent-child groups at the Early Childhood Parenting Center. Most recently, Deena co-founded Big Little Feelings (@biglittlefeelings), a community for parents and caregivers of children ages 1-6. Big Little Feelings provides practical, research-based game plans that help adults navigate any tricky toddler situation in the short term, while raising resilient, compassionate humans in the long term.


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