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The Neuroscience Of Comforting Vs Asking Questions With Kids

Season #1

In this episode of Integrative You Radio, Dr. Nicole and Dr. Nick delve into the concept of comfort versus questions in parenting. Drawing from their experiences and insights from neuroscience, they discuss the importance of knowing when to comfort and when to ask questions to promote emotional clarity and development in children.

The conversation extends to adults, highlighting the necessity of questioning to navigate emotional responses and achieve a balanced perspective. Through this engaging dialogue, listeners are encouraged to blend compassion with inquiry to support holistic growth in themselves and their children.

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What you’ll learn:    

  1. Balanced Approach: Strive for a balanced approach between comforting and asking questions when addressing children's emotions, fostering both empathy and critical thinking skills.
  2. Questioning Promotes Understanding: Utilize questioning to engage the prefrontal cortex, guiding children to understand their emotions and develop problem-solving abilities.
  3. Emotional Processing for Growth: Encourage emotional processing not only in children but also in adults to achieve a balanced perspective and navigate life's challenges with greater resilience and clarity.


  • "The quality of your life is dictated by the quality of the questions you ask." - Dr. Nick
  • "We're not trying to suppress kids' emotions... but we're also not wanting kids... to run our lives being emotionally triggered by everything around us."- Dr. Nicole