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Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

by Becky Kennedy
Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

by Becky Kennedy


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An Instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Indie Bestseller

“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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063159488
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 4,491
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Dr. Becky's Parenting Principles

Chapter 1 Good Inside 3

Chapter 2 Two Things Are True 13

Chapter 3 Know Your Job 27

Chapter 4 The Early Years Matter 39

Chapter 5 It's Not Too Late 51

Chapter 6 Resilience > Happiness 61

Chapter 7 Behavior Is a Window 71

Chapter 8 Reduce Shame, Increase Connection 85

Chapter 9 Tell the Truth 95

Chapter 10 Self-Care 105

Part II Building Connection and Addressing Behaviors

Chapter 11 Building Connection Capital 119

Chapter 12 Not Listening 141

Chapter 13 Emotional Tantrums 149

Chapter 14 Aggressive Tantrums (Hitting, Biting, Throwing) 157

Chapter 15 Sibling Rivalry 169

Chapter 16 Rudeness and Defiance 179

Chapter 17 Whining 187

Chapter 18 Lying 195

Chapter 19 Fears and Anxiety 203

Chapter 20 Hesitation and Shyness 211

Chapter 21 Frustration Intolerance 219

Chapter 22 Food and Eating Habits 227

Chapter 23 Consent 237

Chapter 24 Tears 245

Chapter 25 Building Confidence 251

Chapter 26 Perfectionism 259

Chapter 27 Separation Anxiety 267

Chapter 28 Sleep 275

Chapter 29 Kids Who Don't Like Talking About Feelings (Deeply Feeling Kids) 285

Conclusion 295

Acknowledgments 299

Index 305

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