Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children

Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children

by Sarah Napthali
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Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children by Sarah Napthali

Firmly grounded in the day-to-day reality of being a mother, this revolutionary guide discusses Buddhist teachings as applied to the everyday challenges of bringing up children

Teaching how to become a calmer and happier mother through Buddhist teachings, this enlightened book helps mothers achieve their full potentials to be with their children in the all-important present moment, as well as to gain the most possible joy out of being with them. Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman—yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different; simply put, it's a book for mothers. Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood. These ways also allow space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering, Buddhism for Mothers can help enable a shift in perspective—so that a mother’s mind can guide them through the day instead of dragging them down. This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742373775
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 668,688
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sarah Napthali is a mother of two who tries to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life. She is the author of Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren and Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children.

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BeckyZNE More than 1 year ago
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.
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AislingWoodehame More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'!