This is a wonderful book and should be a go-to helper in every family with a small child. It contains real-life “dramas” (for example a kid spreading bunny grass on the kitchen table) that could evolve into a yelling match with mom and dad, offering solutions for different scenarios. It is written in a personable, active voice, addressing you as the parent to help with little everyday disasters. It focuses on the life experiences of the parents as a basis on which they form their own educational methods. You will recognize yourself and your past and your feelings in there. Warm, heartfelt, and helpful!
Siegel, D. J. & Hartzell, M. Parenting from the Inside Out. How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive. 10th anniversary edition with a new preface by the authors. A TarcherPerigee Book: New York, 2004.
Paperback. 311 pages.
Summary on the back of the book:
“In this updated tenth anniversary edition of the bestselling classic Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist and coauthor of The Whole-Brain Child Daniel J. Siegel and early childhood expert Marz Hartzell explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Illuminating important research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, Siegel and Hartzell explain how the parent-chaild relationship directly affects brain development, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories to help them raise compassionate and resilient children.
Drawing on Siegel’s cutting-edge research into how communication influences brain development and Hartzell’s more than forty years’ 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.”
“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 & Adolescent Psychiatry
“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.’ ” – Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop.com
“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., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics, UCLA; director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities; and coeditor, Child Rearing in America