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Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive Paperback – April 26, 2004
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About the Author
Mary Hartzell, M. Ed., is a child-development specialist and parent educator. She has taught children, parents, and teachers for more than thirty years and is the director of the renowned First Presbyterian Preschool of Santa Monica, California.
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (April 26, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1585422959
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585422951
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
1) The scientific explanations overall were quite dense and overly detailed. I did appreciate them, just thought they should have been paired down.
2) The notion of attachment theory is not universally accepted these days by the scientific community. This book presents it as absolute fact and then basically says it's your fault as a parent if your child is not securely attached by age 1. Not sure if that's the right message to give to new parents.
3) Same with the left/right brain dichotomy. It's a useful way of thinking about things, but at the same time it's been somewhat debunked (there doesn't seem to be a complete isolation, like the author claims) and in my opinion was presented too dogmatically as well.
That being said, this book was written a while ago, before some of the new research came out for #2/3. So it's not as much the author's fault necessarily, more just something to keep in mind as the reader and something that makes this book less useful in my opinion.
But overall I thought it had good advice on how to de-escalate interactions with children and how to think about them, and it's worth reading for that.