Parenting from the Inside Out
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Parenting from the Inside Out

How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

DR. DAN SIEGEL
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This book uniquely pairs the clinical experience of a psychiatrist with the deep wisdom of a nursery school teacher. Together Siegel and Hartzell delicately peel back the many layers of parenting to reveal the pure nature of the relationship at its core.

Neal Halfon, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA, and editor, Child Rearing in America.

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How many parents have found themselves thinking: I can't believe I just said to my child the very thing my parents used to say to me! Am I just destined to repeat the mistakes of my parents? 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 actually do shape the way we parent. Drawing upon stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.

Born out of a series of parents' workshops that combined Siegel's cutting-edge research on how communication impacts brain development with Hartzell's thirty years of experience as a child-development specialist and parent educator, Parenting from the Inside Out guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.

This book is beautifully written, filled with well-wrought science, but also with a deep and pervasive warmth. The subject is nothing less than human nature. What could be more important to all of us to understand who we are as we carry on the activity of loving our children. Anyone who reads this book will experience attachment, parenting, and human love differently from how they have before.

Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Soul of the Child

Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell have quite deftly managed to translate highly complex neuroscientific and psychological matters into lay strategies for effective parenting. This is truly a must read for all parents and those aspiring to be parents.

Marilyn B. Benoir, M.D., President, American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry

This book uniquely pairs the clinical experience of a psychiatrist with the deep wisdom of a nursery school teacher. Together Siegel and Hartzell delicately peel back the many layers of parenting to reveal the pure nature of the relationship at its core.

Neal Halfon, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA, and editor, Child Rearing in America.

By combining the latest research on parent-child relationships with new discoveries in brain science, Parenting from the Inside Out shows parents how to understand and integrate the experiences from their own childhood into a nurturing style of parenting that promotes healthy communication, meaningful attachment, and trust.

Sal Severe, Ph.D., author of How to Behave So Your Children Will Too!

Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell's illuminating and inspiring book presents a practical model of parenting that nurtures an emphatic dialogue within oneself and with one's children. Consequently, parenting becomes not just something that we do, but something that is very much a part of who we are. As a parent of seven children, this book has a permanent spot on my night table!

Kate Capshaw Spielberg

This is an excellent book, with a positive, humane, and compassionate message. I applaud the emphasis on emotional connection and communication between parent and child and the thesis that as you understand and connect with yourself, you can better connect with your child. This book will be deeply interesting to parents as well as useful for them.

Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and author of Emotional Development: The Organization of Emotional Life in the Early Years

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