Parenting from the Inside Out

By Daniel J. Siegel, Mary Hartzell,

Book cover of Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

Book description

An updated edition—with a new preface—of the bestselling parenting classic by the author of "BRAINSTORM: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain"

In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences…


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Siegel is a child psychiatrist who deeply understands the importance of attachment theory and neurobiology. This book, written with child development specialist and parent educator Hartzell, invites parents to deeply examine their own childhood experiences and how they have shaped us. It provides clear exercises for making sense of our past in an effort to provide the best, emotionally, for our children. As a therapist, I believe there is no greater gift to ourselves and our children than working towards our own healing, which helps prevent the transmission of “generational trauma” to our children. This book also focuses on the…

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A wonderful exploration of how the past inevitably comes alive in the present when you become a parent – and how you can use pain points as an opportunity for deeper healing. The willingness to do this inner work can be hugely instrumental in the kind of parent you become.

This beautifully written book invites us to examine ourselves in order to be the parents we want to be. As we each bring to our role of parent our own childhood and our current relationships and experiences, this book teaches you how to look at these. It enables our awareness and purposeful choices in the parenting of our own children. You just can’t parent your child without knowing yourself.

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