Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family

Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family

by Carla Naumburg PhD


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How can you prepare for and prevent your kids’ inevitable meltdowns? Ready, Set, Breathe will show you andyour child how to focus, calm down, and live in the present moment.

Being a parent is stressful, and when your child has a meltdown, it can be difficult to keep cool—let alone help your child to calm down. Ready, Set, Breathe offers real solutions to help you both deal with stress using everyday mindfulness games, activities, rituals, and habits. Designed for children ages 2-10 years old, this book is fun, engaging, and effective.

As any parent knows, children aren’t always receptive to what you say. Parental advice is often ignored or perceived as intrusive; and trying to get your kid to calm down and breathe can turn into an unpleasant power struggle in which you feel powerless and frustrated; and your child can feel nagged or bullied. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In this book, you’ll learn to teach mindfulness to your child in the most enjoyable and realistic way possible. You’ll also learn skills to help yourself stay calm when your child does act up—especially in public.

This is a must-read for all parents!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626252905
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,180,146
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carla Naumburg, PhD, is a clinical social worker, writer, and mother. Her first book, Parenting in the Present Moment, was published by Parallax Press in 2014. Naumburg is the Mindful Parenting blogger for, and a contributing editor at Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, as well as in a number of academic journals and online magazines. Naumburg holds an MSW and a PhD in social work, and she has an advanced certificate in mindfulness and psychotherapy. She currently lives outside of Boston, MA, with her husband and two young daughters. Connect with Carla and read all of her writing at

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Getting Into a Mindful Mind-Set

1 How Mindfulness Can Help Your Child 25

2 It All Starts with You 53

Part 2 Sharing Mindfulness with Your Child

3 Helping Your Child Find His Inner Zen Master 79

4 Making Space in Your Lives for Mindfulness 103

5 Talking About Mindfulness with Kids 121

6 Your Mindfulness Toy Box 137

Acknowledgments 165

Resources 167

References 177

Parent Contributors 181


Carla Naumburg resides in Newton, MA.

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