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"This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother." —Vicki Mackenzie, author, Why Buddhism
"The author guides busy women in the art of transforming their lives in the midst of chaos." —Library Journal
"An eminently practical book that gives frazzled mothers usable advice and empathy . . . the approachable and authentic perspective of a rank-and-file practitioner who lives the techniques and situations she writes about. This book will be most useful for mothers of young children, providing them spiritual resources at a life stage when women need all the help they can get." —Publishers Weekly on Buddhism for Mothers
|Chapter 1||Buddhism and motherhood||1|
|Chapter 2||Parenting mindfully||17|
|Chapter 3||Finding calm||41|
|Chapter 4||Dealing with anger||59|
|Chapter 5||Worrying about our children||79|
|Chapter 6||Creating loving relationships||99|
|Chapter 7||Living with partners||123|
|Chapter 8||Finding happiness and losing our self-image||145|
|Chapter 10||Putting it into practice||185|
|Appendix 1||The noble eightfold path||202|
|Appendix 2||Helpful books||206|
|Appendix 3||Helpful websites||210|
|Appendix 4||From the scriptures||212|
|Appendix 5||Buddhism for mothers of newborns||215|
Posted March 9, 2014
There are at least two kinds of parenting books: books that focus on how to make a child conform to your will and those that focus on how you as a parent can better work with your child. This book is the latter. You do not have to be Buddhist to find the information in this book valuable. The author describes many ways that you can use meditation and Buddhist ideas about the world to be a more attentive and helpful parent. Ms. Napthali spends a lot of time talking about how you can help yourself to be calmer, less angry, more thoughtful about what you do and say, all things that help you to be a better parent. The author has a realistic view of how hectic it can be to have young children and she gives you ideas about how to incorporate meditation and Buddhist principles into a life short on time to yourself. This is a book I think I will come back to again and again.
If you are interested in Buddhism this book is a good introduction and has many helpful resources.
This is a great book that would be helpful to mothers and fathers alike.
Posted February 11, 2009
I originally purchased this book for myself when I was caring for a friend's three children. I was taking care of them from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM five days a week, and some weekend nights. She has a nine year-old daughter and four year-old twin boys, and one afternoon had been, for me at least, a very bad day. I had completely lost control of my temper and forgot the cardinal rule of childcare: it's not a power struggle, and it's not personal. I went to B&N for some peace and quiet and to calm down before I returned home. I decided to look in the Family & Childcare section to see if there was anything that could help me center myself while trying to handle two very energetic twin boys. I found this book, sat down, and began to read. I realized that it was exactly what I needed. I gave copies to most of my friends who are mothers, and they have all found it helpful, especially at the end of a day filled with: "You're mean!" "I hate you!" "Go away!". I think any long-term caretaker should have a copy of this book to help handle day-to-day stress as well as critical situations that pop up every so often. A definite thumbs up and a good baby shower gift.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2008
This really puts the stresses of motherhood into perspective so you can understand your mindframe. Great read, try to take a little time to read it. I have come to understand myself so much more after reading this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2007
This book is fantastic. My son is 9 months old and so I have not had much time to just sit and read a book cover to cover for quite some time. For months now I have had this book on my night stand. I just pick it up (usually when feeling a bit stressed, open to any page and start to read. There is always something I find helpful, useful or calming. It is a book not just for moms. Dads would really benefit from this book as would family and friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2004
This book is not only for mothers but for parents in general. I found this book helpful in dealing with my 2 year old & 4 year old. I also found it helpful in dealing with stressful situations at work. All of my 'mom' friends have read this & I'm beginning to pass it on to my 'Non mom friends'!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2009
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