Parenting From the Inside Out

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (April 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585422959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585422951
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Very helpful

107 helpful votes
 on October 16, 2014
By Dani
This book has been extremely helpful for me. I did not read the whole thing because it got a bit too slow about halfway through, but the first half is worth 5 stars. There are a lot of things that happened in my childhood that I would brush off as irrelevant to my life now, but when I really examine them and come to terms with the good & the bad that is when I know I can grow past them and be the parent that I want to be.

I loved how this book opened

 on October 2, 2017
By ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I loved how this book opened. It was about how our childhoods affect how we parent our children. Of course, we all know that, but sometimes we are subconsciously affected in ways we don’t realize. Sometimes, we might actively try to correct our parents’ wrongs without realizing the negative effects of that reaction. This book makes us more mindful of our actions. It’s less of a parenting book (as in how to parent) than a book for understanding ourselves so we can be better parents.

I recommend this book to every parent

 on November 12, 2017
By David Piccoli
I recommend this book to every parent. I actually took this class in college and it changes your prospective and how to better develop your understanding and relationship with children. When i started positive timeouts, I would see her frustrated and ask her to go sit, close her eyes relax. Now at 2 yr old would get frustrated and on her own, go sit on her chair, close her eyes, relax and wait til she felt better. I remind myself she is always learning not trying to get in trouble.

Great explanations

3 helpful votes
 on June 11, 2016
By Steven D. Lovell
This book contained great explanations for why we fall into particular patterns and I did enjoy having the references to be able to dive in and study more, but I wanted more “how to” than “why” or “what” answers.

2 Fer

13 helpful votes
 on July 13, 2014
By WUengagemen
In the quest for being a better parent, get to heal yourself. Great, practical and science/evidence based advice from the leading interpersonal neurobiologist in the field combined with the practical experience and applications of a primary school educator. Top notch help and applicable lessons right from the start.

Dan Siegel is brilliant!!

 on July 7, 2017
By BeeSunshine
What a wonderful read. Learn about brain development and effective parenting. Reflect on your own childhood, family systems and childhood conditioning. Work through your childhood so you can be conciously aware.

1st Parenting Book That Makes Sense!

2 helpful votes
 on September 3, 2016
By myronpierce
The authors of this book layout practical insights that are both beneficial and necessary in parenting and raising healthy kids!

Great compliment to The Whole Brain Child

 on March 25, 2017
By Scarl8Begonias
Another winner from Daniel Siegel. It really helps give insight to your parenting style.


 on September 3, 2017
By Onyxlover
BEST BOOK EVER. Read it for my Sex Therapy Class, which might not seem like it’s relevant but it is – talks about how our own experiences influence all of our relationships and how we inadventently pass our history onto others. Every human, not just parents, should read this.

Must-read for parenting

 on October 21, 2017
By Carmen
Every parent should take the opportunity to read this book.