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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742371922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742371924
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A lovely book for anyone that wants to become more present in their parenting.” AmericanBuddhist.net


"If you liked her first book, Buddhism for Mothers, you'll adore this one. It'll give you a new perspective on parenting and may even help you enjoy it more."  —Sunday Telegraph

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 and Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren.

More About the Author

Sarah Napthali is a practicing Buddhist with more than 10 years of experience applying Buddhist principles to her everyday life. She is the mother of two small children and has contributed to the Australian magazines Women's Weekly, Elle, Mother and Baby, and Australian Parents.

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I highly recommend it to all new mothers!!
Laura Zambrano
She shares stories from the trenches of her daily experience, and is very honest about how she feels in the moment.
L. Erickson
I think this is a great book, the author's use of examples of what other parents have been through is very helpful.
AKG

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paula Kuitenbrouwer on May 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this invitation to write a review while reading Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent. I read Sarah Napthali's first book on Buddhism for Mothers and enjoyed it. I read this book with great pleasure as well. Napthali reflects on Buddhists principles from a recognizable point of view, that of a mother. A real 'I have been there and I have done that' mother. This makes the book a pleasure to read. You do not have to be a Buddhist to like this book and the author doesn't demand you to understand difficult Buddhist scriptures. You can even read this book while being interrupted by your child and I am quite sure that you will stay calm and kind. I like this book best because it helps you to celebrate motherhood not so much because of your kids (there are many other books on that subject) but because Napthali helps you to make it a long lasting meditation and gain wisdom and joy in the demanding years of parenting young children.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 5, 2009
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What I like about this book is that the author writes as both a practicing Buddhist and a hands-on mother, and her personal stories bring the two together. She doesn't write in the voice of a Buddhist 'teacher', or as a parenting expert. She shares stories from the trenches of her daily experience, and is very honest about how she feels in the moment. This makes it easy to translate into your own life.

All of the chapters revolve around a question, such as 'Who am I?', 'Where am I going?', 'What does this moment require?' and even 'What can I do about all the housework?' The most meaningful chapter to me personally was 'Who are my children?', which addresses the ideas and projections we often impose on our children, out of concern or denial.

I personally liked this book more than the prior, because it also covers the themes of mindfulness well, but branches out into more psychological issues associated with motherhood and ties them back to Buddhism. I think any parent can benefit from this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Huelmann on August 10, 2008
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Excellent book. I can't recommend it enough. It has changed the way I parent and the way I treat myself and those around me. If you are looking to be more present in your life and with your children I suggest you read both of her books!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AKG on June 5, 2008
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I think this is a great book, the author's use of examples of what other parents have been through is very helpful. She is very realistic and honest about feelings you may go through when parenting. And then she gives good ways of dealing with these feelings. Very down to earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By English coal on January 9, 2010
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This book is useful for those who aren't practising Buddhists as well. Many mothers would like to be more mindful, and would like to avoid getting so caught up in "busyness" that we miss those amazing little baby moments. This book has useful, practical thoughts to help mothers adjust their perspective to see what is really important. It bridges the gap between Buddhist books that seem written for people who have no distractions in their life and plenty of time for formal meditations and retreats, and the reality of mothers of young children.
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I stumbled upon this book after my brother recommended a few chapters of other reading related to Buddhist teachings and children. As much as the next new mother and then working mother of two girls under 4, I was constantly in angst about whether I was doing things rights, about tying to everything at once without losing my mind and losing my temper. This book came as a breath of fresh air and realization that a change in perspective was possible and that I could enjoy my kids and my role as a mother instead of feeling that it was a burden. I highly recommend it to all new mothers!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SamOstrich on January 20, 2012
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I picked this up as a fluke at the library and it is turning out to be one of the best parenting books I have ever read! It reminds parents of how important it is to be in the present and just enjoy time with their children. Naphtali is honest and easy to relate to. I want to read her first book after reading this one!

PS. I am Catholic and have never studied buddhism, but I think that the two can work together. If you have never studied buddhism, don't be afraid of this book.
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By Mercedes Peralta on December 8, 2010
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A beautiful book. I'm always looking for ways to be the best person I can be and that includes all of the roles I have...especially mom. I believe that living in the present and being mindful leads to a more fullfilling life no matter what religion you belong to. I had seen this book originally at a local book store but knew I would always get a better price on Amazon! And it arrived quickly after order was placed.
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