Parenting from the Inside Out

How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

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.


"Anyone who reads this book will experience attachment, parenting, and human love differently from how they have before."

-Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Soul of the Child

"Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell have quite deftly managed to translate highly complex neuroscientific and psychological matters into lay strategies for effective parenting.  This is truly a must read for all parents and those aspiring to be parents."

- Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D., President, American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry

“This book uniquely pairs the clinical experience of a psychiatrist with the deep wisdom of a nursery school teacher. 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., Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA, and editor, Child Rearing in America.

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