Parenting from the Inside Out by Dan Siegel, MD: Join me for a Book Group

This book provides insight into the way our own childhood shapes the way we parent. Working with our own story and forming a deeper understanding of our experiences is the first step in raising happy and healthy children. Please join me in a guided reading, with journal writing and refection with this powerful book. We will dig into our own stories and experiences.

About the book:

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.

This group will meet every other week- location TBD. We will have online discussion between meetings.  Note that if you are unable to attend the  meetings in person, a virtual meeting option is available.

Please contact me to join a group with this amazing book.



Fill Your Ears and Heart With Supportiveness: New Parent Podcasts

Amaya LynneBabies and little ones are searching for a safe person, from the moment they arrive. And our tone and even eye contact are so much more than the words we say.  I love the gentleness and love communicated in the voices of Patty Wipfler and others in the podcast series known at Hand in Hand New Parent Podcasts. They include podcasts for new fathers. Best of all, they are free and easy to access: check them out now!

Why Telling Your Story Is Important

We all have a story: how did we get where we are now, who made a difference in our lives and what choices did we make along the way? We might not be conscious of the story but it plays a part in what we do. As parents, this story gains even more power. Suddenly it has the potential to be a script for how we parent. As Dan Siegel writes in Parenting from the Inside Out:

“If we have leftover or unresolved issues, it is crucial that we take the time to pause and reflect on our emotional responses to our children. By understanding ourselves, we give our children the chance to develop their own sense of vitality and the freedom to experience their own emotional worlds without restrictions and fear.”

To look at our story, we need space and safety. One of the things I love the most about Hand in Hand Parenting tools is the safety built into each class, with the listening ears of a confidential and warm group of leaders and parents. During the class, we look at our own experiences. Sometimes this is a chance to bring some old part of our story into the light where it can be safely examined. This is how we think more clearly about our life as parents.

Please contact me if you would like more information about upcoming classes or workshops. I have some scholarships available so the classes can be available to everyone.

You can also see these links:

Upcoming 6 week class, starting Oct. 26

Listening partner workshop, October 12