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Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be Hardcover – September 13, 2022
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“This book is for any parent who has ever struggled under the substantial weight of caregiving—which is to say, all of us. Good Inside is not only a wise and practical guide to raising resilient, emotionally healthy kids, it’s also a supportive resource for overwhelmed parents who need more compassion and less stress. Dr. Becky is the smart, thoughtful, in-the-trenches parenting expert we’ve been waiting for!”—Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play and Find Your Unicorn Space
Dr. Becky Kennedy, wildly popular parenting expert and creator of @drbeckyatgoodinside, shares her groundbreaking approach to raising kids and offers practical strategies for parenting in a way that feels good.
Over the past several years, Dr. Becky Kennedy—known to her followers as “Dr. Becky”—has been sparking a parenting revolution. Millions of parents, tired of following advice that either doesn’t work or simply doesn’t feel good, have embraced Dr. Becky’s empowering and effective approach, a model that prioritizes connecting with our kids over correcting them.
Parents have long been sold a model of childrearing that simply doesn’t work. From reward charts to time outs, many popular parenting approaches are based on shaping behavior, not raising humans. These techniques don’t build the skills kids need for life, or account for their complex emotional needs. Add to that parents’ complicated relationships with their own upbringings, and it’s easy to see why so many caretakers feel lost, burned out, and worried they’re failing their kids. In Good Inside, Dr. Becky shares her parenting philosophy, complete with actionable strategies, that will help parents move from uncertainty and self-blame to confidence and sturdy leadership.
Offering perspective-shifting parenting principles and troubleshooting for specific scenarios—including sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, tantrums, and more—Good Inside is a comprehensive resource for a generation of parents looking for a new way to raise their kids while still setting them up for a lifetime of self-regulation, confidence, and resilience.
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“Dr. Becky is profoundly changing the way we parent our kids and the way we parent ourselves. Her innovative work shows parents how to challenge inherited beliefs and behaviors and shift the paradigm of how we understand family dynamics. Her work is proof that we can be the parents we want to be--and that we are all good inside." — Gabby Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back
"Dr. Becky teaches parents that the foundation of child-rearing is building a solid relationship with their child and offering themselves grace along the way. Captivating and timely, Good Inside is a book parents can turn to at every stage of development, from infancy to adulthood, to continue building connection with their kids." — Nedra Tawwab, New York Times bestselling author of Set Boundaries, Find Peace
"Parenting is the most important job we’ll ever have and the one we get the least training for, so we tend to follow what our parents did—which, often, wasn’t great. Emphasizing connection first, Dr. Becky offers a new way to parent, sharing clear advice and examples for setting boundaries with love and compassion. Good Inside is the book I wish I'd had when I was raising my kids; and I'm so glad they'll have it as they raise theirs." — Richard Schwartz, PhD, founder of Internal Family Systems and author of No Bad Parts
"At a time when parents are sorely lacking in stamina and resources, Dr. Becky's wise words and deep insights offer a treasure trove of practical strategies and essential support. Good Inside is the book we all need right now, and the book that will continue to guide us for years to come." — Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code and author of Pay Up
“Warning: reading this book might make you a better parent. Whether you’re struggling to get your toddler to calm down or your teenager to open up, Becky Kennedy is a fountain of wisdom. She strikes the ideal balance between affirming your best instincts and challenging you to rethink your worst reactions.” — Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
"Dr. Becky makes a solid case that self-development and child development go hand in hand, and helps readers accomplish both. Flush with useful ideas...parents will find this [book] well worth their time." — Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist and mom of three, recently named “The Millennial Parenting Whisperer” by TIME Magazine, who’s rethinking the way we raise our children. She specializes in thinking deeply about what’s happening for kids and translating these ideas into simple, actionable strategies for parents to use in their homes. Dr. Becky's goal is to empower parents to feel sturdier and more equipped to manage the challenges of parenting.
- Publisher : Harper Wave (September 13, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0063159481
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063159488
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.09 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I first joined the Good Inside platform online and fell in love with Dr. Becky's instructional videos and workshops because of her relatable perspective and personality. Hearing the principles and strategies from this book with her energy, sense of humor, and candid conversational style have a far greater impact than reading them on a page. I am curious if the audiobook has a similar impact or if her viral video technique is unmatched. I have already practiced these techniques with my kids and seen results. Things like MGI (Most Generous Interpretation) have shifted my perspective unlike any other book or advice and has allowed me to feel different, more sturdy, and aware of my kids needs in challenging moments (instead of strictly frustrated and anxious to make their feelings go away as soon as possible).
I would also highly recommend subscribing to her website, which contains TONS of workshops, scripts, articles, and allows you to connect with her coaches and other parents. It's a great supplement to this.
Aside from all that, I felt like the book was well-written and well-structured. The audiobook is fantastic, and I’ve also bought the hard copy so I can highlight and flip through it more easily. I intend to read this book over and over - it’s going to take hearing parts of it over and over for me to change my inner and outer dialogue and implement real change. I just finished the audiobook today, and plan to start reading the hard copy today!
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to break the generational pattern of how they were parented. I know my parents did their best, but blimey they were clueless. Dr Becky’s clarity in what everyone’s role is, and how to retain firm boundaries whilst maintaining connection, is what I’ve been looking for.
Some people dismiss this kind of approach, labelling it permissive parenting, allowing children to rule the roost, bringing up spoilt brats, with good old lines like “there’s nothing wrong with how it’s always been done”. In my opinion, they haven’t looked closely enough at what’s being said here.
Sadly, I’m sure this isn’t for everyone - if it was, I think the world would be a much better place. I see so many emotionally dysregulated adults who desperately needed a parent to connect with them and validate their feelings. But if you’re finding parenting difficult (and if you aren’t, I’d love to know how!) and you want things to be better, try this book. It’s absolutely brilliant.
It's written with compassion and empathy.
It provides workable strategies that feel right and possible.
I think most importantly is that when you're reading this you'll feel that Dr Becky genuinely knows what it's like to be a normal parent with all the guilt that goes with it!
Trust me when I tell you you won't be disappointed with this book. It's revolutionary.