My sis has done it again...it's like she has a weird sixth sense or at least she's hyper-intuitive at times. She sent me a book called Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell. Both she and my friend Elizabeth highly recommended the book the same week, though neither has read it yet. My friend's child is attending Hartzell's school and my sister's Sunday school class has been referring to it. I just googled it, and it just so happens to be one of Hague newly-required readings for international adoption. Go figure! You can purchase a copy through Tapestry Books. Below is a description of the book:
A child psychiatrist and an early childhood expert reveal that the first step in raising happy and healthy children is to fully understand and learn from your own childhood experiences. 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? The authors explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way that we parent. Drawing on new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly affect the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories that will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.