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"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 audiobook 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., MPH, professor of pediatrics, UCLA; director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities, and coeditor, Child Rearing in America).

In this best-selling classic, child psychiatrist and coauthor of The Whole Brain Child, Daniel J. Siegel and early childhood expert Mary 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-child 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 on how communication influences brain development with 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.

Disclaimer: This audiobook of Parenting from the Inside Out includes the new preface written by the authors' for the tenth anniversary edition. However, the audiobook is based upon the first edition of the work published in 2003, not the updated and revised edition of the audiobook.

©2003 Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed. (P)2013 Mind Your Brain, Inc. and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., all rights reserved. Published by Brilliance Audio.

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Great content, terrible reader.

The content of this book is awesome. One of the two readers, however, is very difficult to listen to. I ended up checking this book out at the library and reading it instead.

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Please hire a professional narrator

The content is good, but please *PLEASE* hire a narrator and re-record the audio book. Everyone has their talents, and not all good authors make good narrators. The performance in this audio has numerous vocal missteps, audible page turns, and seemingly exaggerated emotion that are ultimately distracting and prevented me from being able to absorb the material.

I would recommend other readers to purchase this book in ebook form to get the most out of it. The material (up to the point where I had to put this listen on hold for a while) has been insightful and a good read.

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get the hardcopy, not the audiobook.

this book has questions and exercises to follow if you'd like to put it's suggestions into practice, which means unless you want to sit and transcribe them, this audiobook is useless. Also, the reading of it is kinda dry. But it seemed like might be useful in hardcopy. I did appreciate the practical advice.

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This book should be mandatory reading for parents and non-parents.


It comes down to how people exist in each other's minds. I am not a parent. This book resonates on interpersonal relationships at all levels. Family. Work. Friends. Strangers.

The authors present compelling reasoning and simple 'homework' so that your capacity to understand others AND be understood by others is increased. I've gone through this book twice, and my life is better by an order of magnitude.

The authors present the concepts describe the theory, provide the background science and bring it home with accessible and practical examples you can follow in your own life. The content is rich, yet easily within reach.

The presentation style was difficult for me at first. It felt slow and kept me from engaging with the content. This is the reason I went through the book twice. I am very, very happy I stuck with it though. I highly recommend this book.

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good information, voice work is really dry

This book presents some good information and help but the voice work is not good. It took me weeks to listen through, I usually finish much longer books in a few days, because I would start falling asleep or notice I wasn't paying attention because the voice work was so dull and monotonous sounding. That happens a fair amount when authors read their own books. They know the material but don't know how to engage a listener by reading it in an exciting way.

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Decent

If you’ve done a lot of work on yourself and your own childhood it will be more reflective with some new insights. If you haven’t done emotional work or reflection on your own childhood and how it effects your current parenting this book will be significant. Especially if you had an unstable household.

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Great for all parents and uncles too

You do not need a graduate degree to raise kids. The tools and easy to apply techniques in this book are priceless and applied on day 1. Great books!

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must read

l learned more from this book than all my years growing up. Helped me to better understand the children in my life. Gave me the insight to understand the child stuck in me and bring compation to his struggle.

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trauma-informed parenting

This is a great way of being a trauma-informed parent. It is well written, easy to understand, and the authors'voices are calming, especially the female voice. I will be listening to this again to fully appreciate all the details that go into progressing into the parent I want to be.

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Must read

An excellent book if your past, your marriage, your family and most importantly, your children, are important to you.

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  • Natalija
  • 09-17-19

Can make a stressed parent even more stressed

not a good read for a parent who tends to overanalyze: instead of being inspiring and encouraging, the book will leave you shocked about consequences of some parenting mistakes and maybe even guilty of your own behaviour towards your kids

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  • 01-16-20

I think the hard copy would be better

great content but a bit hard to stick with it. I enjoyed the early chapters but got rather tired by the end. difficult to absorb fully via audio

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  • Alexandraki Katerina
  • 11-17-19

Exceptional! Brilliant must read for everyone!

Absolutely loved it! I have been training for more than 10 years in psychotherapy and psychology and haven't found a book that rich and helpful.

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  • JM1926
  • 01-17-19

Life changing stuff.

First class content. Bookmarked dozens of elements to review and reflect. Will be listening to it again soon and have been doing the wheel of awareness mediations daily. Showing its age a little bit with the sound quality but still 10/10

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  • 08-24-20

Enlightening for a parent who knows something isn’t quite right

It has correctly identified why I do what I do in certain circumstances and therefore allowed me to almost step outside of my own body to observe myself. It sure is a learning process and I’m not at the end of it yet however things are significantly better. Couldn’t recommend highly enough

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  • Timothy McDonald
  • 07-26-20

10/10. brilliant.

A must read for all parents who care about raising coherent children. Got so much more than expected.

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  • Miss Lucy C Perkins
  • 12-04-18

Fantastic, insightful guide

This is empowering and informative and a must read for parents. Thank you very much for writing such an insightful guide.

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  • S. Armstrong
  • 02-19-16

Great information but...

A really good set of knowledge but may be better read than listened to - the authors are brilliant in their knowledge but performance is....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

how you change your ability to have relationships

it makes you understand how you affect others. this is due to the understanding of how you were treated and how you build your state of mind around this. most of all you can change yourself and your existing relationships.

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  • eva olivier
  • 11-25-19

great book for self reflection

this is a great book for starting some self-reflection about yourself and the parent you are. It is a great tool to help you understand and break some cycles from the past.

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  • Steven
  • 04-24-21

Great information

Fantastic information which could make the world a better place if applied. Mentally healthy parents who have healed themselves can avoid psychologically damaging their own children

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-21

Helpful parenting book

Great book to help you recognize, work through and acknowledge your feelings and aspects of your own being that influences and shapes your connection and communications with your own children and in other meaningful relationships.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

must read book

loved this book. love anything that Dan Siegel has written. has helped me immensely. a great listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-20

I don't even have kids and I enjoyed it

Was curious and gave it a shot. interesting and straightforward explanation of how to integrate your feelings with your own children and to empathize with them without losing your temper. Now to have some kids to try it all out :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-20

A little slow

It took me a long while to get through this as it just wasnt inspiring me. I can't say that I got much insight for myself, even though I applaud the writers' intentions.

I found the female reader hard to listen to due to her affected breathy tone that lacked pith.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-20

a Must Read for everyone!

Awesome, love it! every person should read this book, not just parents. if you want to become more attuned to your reactions and emotions and move forward and let the past go, this is for you. You will learn how to provide a safe haven of trust and understanding for your child & know how to teach them how to manage their emotions. such amazinglife skills!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

All parents need to read

If you struggle with being the calm patient mindful parent you dreamed you would be this book is fantastic at helping to understand better so you can work together in harmony with your kids, raising them with love and not fear.

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