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Between Mothers and Fathers

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

We are now between the two public holidays honoring mothers and fathers. In the last several months, I’ve been in a number of discussions with various professors of neuroscience and psychology about the role of parents in development. In the entry of this column before today, we’ve been exploring the science of attachment and of the brain to focus on what research tells us about how parents and other caregivers can have a profound effect on how a young child grows.

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Kindness 101

TIME Magazine

by Maia Szalavitz

An antibullying program teaches kids to empathize by bringing a mother and baby into the classroom.

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A Mother’s Day Reflection

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Early experiences do matter. As a clinical psychiatrist, I also know that these early experiences can have lasting and deeply powerful organizing (or disorganizing) impacts on how we come to live our lives.

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This Interconnected Life — A Mother’s Day Gift for Everyone

The Huffington Post: PBS’s ‘This Emotional Life’

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

“Where do we come from?” my four-year old daughter asked years ago. This poignant query often emerges as children mature and wonder about themselves in the world. On Mother’s Day we are all invited to consider this question of our origins. We do all “come from” mothers, naturally. And why…

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Strengthening Your Awareness: Attention and Intention in Everyday Parenting

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Research clearly demonstrates that parents who tune in to the internal world of their child have children who are more secure and resilient. As we’ve been exploring throughout the entries of this column, your role as a parent is filled with opportunities to develop the mindsight skills that will enhance both your personal life and the development of your child.

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Building Mindsight in Our Lives: Seeing and Shaping the Internal World

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

In our first column, we introduced the idea that how parents make sense of their own early life history is one of the best predictors of how their child will become attached to them. At the heart of that process is integration, the linkage of differentiated parts of a system.

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The Science of Mindfulness

Shambhala Sun

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. looks for the “active ingredient” that makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche and overall quality of life.

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Dollars and Change

Boston Globe

Caroline Leavitt

Dealing with money can carry all sorts of baggage, but those stresses don’t have to rule and ruin your life. “Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation” by Daniel J. Siegel, UCLA clinical professor of psychiatry, explores how our emotional responses are not as hard-wired as we think they are.

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You Are What You Think

Elle Magazine

Joseph Hooper

The latest brain science suggests that the ancient wisdom is literally true: Honing your higher mental faculties can actually change your brain and help you tame your moods.

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Parenting From the Inside Out

KCET Blog – The Guest Room

by Matthew Williams

I approached my daughter’s day care teacher for suggestions and she pointed me towards a seminar called Parenting from the Inside Out. Led by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor from UCLA, the seminar was billed as way to explore the internal world of parenting through an examination of emotional childhood memories, storytelling, and brain function. Siegel claims that undergoing a “self-understanding process” leads to the development of what he calls a “secure attachment” with your child, helping them to thrive and you to retain your sanity.

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