I hope that every parent gets a chance to read this book. The theory behind this book is that kids are often misunderstood and damaging relationships between parent and child can have profound and adverse long term effects on the child's self identity which in turn, if left unresolved, causes problematic relationships in the next generation. The authors include case studies and a section at the end of each chapter explaining the relevant scientific research as well as a bibliography. The chapters flow pleasantly from the issues that parents themselves may have accumulated during their own childhood, to the neurobiology of what happens in the developing mind in response to those significant events and relationships, and then towards the conclusion of how the parents' reactions and behaviours in the present impact the child.
Just as it say's on the cover, a deeper self understanding does indeed help you raise children who thrive. Parents can gain more confidence in themselves and become compassionate of their self-reflections. Children who feel more attuned to their caregivers, are more secure and healthy. I highly recommend it for you and your family's well-being.