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Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive: 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – December 26, 2013
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“Parenting from the Inside Out is a must-have for any parent. I gave a friend of mine a copy, and she said, “This book is changing my life. I like my kids again.”
“As a parent of seven children, this book has a permanent spot on my night table.”
—Kate Capshaw Spielberg
“Every parent should read Parenting from the Inside Out.”
—Betty Edwards, author of DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN
“Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell have quite deftly managed to translate highly complex neuroscientific and psychological matters into lay strategies for effective parenting.”
—Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D., former president, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Parenting from the Inside Out is an extraordinary tool for parenting."
—Jessie Nelson (director/screenwriter: Corrina Corrina, Enchanted 2, Stepmom, I Am Sam)
"Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzwell have quite deftly managed to translate highly complex neuroscientific and psychologolcal matters into lay strategies for effective parenting."
—Marilyn B. Benit, M.D, former president American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
About the Author
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the author of BRAINSTORM:The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain; he is the coauthor of two classic parenting books: Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.) and The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson). Also the author of Mindsight and the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind. Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and presents workshops throughout the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Mary Hartzell, M. Ed., is a child-development specialist and parent educator. She is the director of the renowned First Presbyterian Preschool of Santa Monica, California.
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I think this is a fantastic book for parents that are serious about being the best people they can be for their children. I wish it was written 30+ years ago when I had my first child.
If you are fairly intelligent and want to prepare yourself to be the best parent you can be ( any age child ) - do yourself and your kids a favor. Get the book. I wish they taught this stuff in school.
At the end of each chapter are exercises and discussion about the science behind it all. My mind numbed a little at times, so you can skip these sections if you want. About midway through the book, I started to feel like the authors droned on a little too long. I get it already; you've made your point. Now how do I put this info to good use? The last quarter of the book, we get some answers, though they are a little vague. There's never really a do it this way or try that. If you want hard core parenting advice, you won't find it here. I found the book useful, though, for making me more self-aware.
I have been a gentle, attachment-oriented parent since having my first baby 6 years ago. But I found that I would sometimes get unbelievably angry at my children, completely out of proportion with the situation, and I couldn't control myself. I would lash out and scare them (though never physically hurt them). I didn't want to be this way, but I didn't know how to stop and to be frank it felt a little good... like I was getting something out when I was yelling at them. Reading this book helped me to understand where those flashes of anger came from. I came by them honestly, just as my parents did. But my parents never bothered to learn how to control themselves. I am now doing MUCH better. When I get angry I clench my fists and yell silently at the sky, then deal with my children in a more subdued way. Sometimes i tell them I am feeling angry, but I no longer scare the pants off them. And I really credit reading this book.