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About the Author

Dr. Pilar Placone has worked over eighteen years as a Licensed Family Therapist in California. She has successfully treated individuals and families, adults and adolescents in the throes of alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, all forms of abuse, bipolar disorder, and major depression. In 2001 she received a doctorate in Integral Psychology where she studied Eastern contemplative practices and their healing properties in psychotherapeutic treatment. Her dissertation research resulted in the development of what she titled the Mindful Parenting Program. More recently, the foremost influence in her research is the brilliant and pioneering work of Dr. Dan Siegel, whose Interpersonal Neurobiology approach has increased the effectiveness and scientific integrity of her Mindful Parent Happy Child program.

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  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Alaya Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615358780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615358789
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pokhreli Claire on September 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a trained Social Worker and Family Therapist living and working in an organization that deals with mental health (and human rights) in Nepal, I am very happy to have read this book!! Unlike many self-help and psychology books, which I am hesitant to utilize in their entirety in this different cultural context, the theme of this book is (or seems to be, based on my experiences in the U.S. and Nepal) universal:

If our goal is to raise happy and resilient children, our own mindfulness is the key!

I feel like this book will do well in this context in 3 specific ways:

1. It is a non-blaming book! This is very important in a country wherein the physical hardships and stresses that many people still face, and every one of generation X's own parents faced, due to poverty and lack of infrastructure, have understandably made feeding, clothing, protecting from danger, and sheltering children the major priorities. In such an environment, it is easy for people to feel that they are constantly failing, and it is easy for outsiders to tell them that what they have been doing is wrong (though we do this with the best intentions). This book is different because it helps people look at their own selves and families with less judgment, while simultaneously channeling their strength and ability to maintain a positive connection with their children, which is what most parents want anyway.

2. The idea of 1) mindfulness and the recognition that 2) "how we are affects others" are both already strong ideas here, perhaps stronger than in the U.S. Meditation is an ancient practice in Hinduism and Buddhism which are the major religions of Nepal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marti on April 24, 2011
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I finished reading Mindful Parent Happy Child (MPHC) last week and immediately wanted to share it with every parent and teacher I know. So many friends of mine have told me that as soon as they became parents they found themselves lamenting their unresolved "mental hang-ups" and wishing they could instantly rid themselves of their lingering emotional problems. I think having children forces parents to confront the things about themselves that they don't like and also arouses fears that these undesirable qualities will affect their parenting. This is where MPHC is so helpful. While some parenting books focus on what to DO with your child (what to feed them, etc.), MPHC focuses on how to BE with your child-- how to be a more self-attuned and mindful individual so that you can cultivate a healthier parent-child relationship.

Dr. Placone is an insightful and accessible writer which makes MPHC an engaging (and quick) read. MPHC begins with a discussion on "mindfulness" and the proven benefits of mindfulness practice and then sets forth practical strategies for applying mindfulness principles toward strengthening the parent-child connection. MPHC also includes a workbook that has helpful cognitive-behavioral exercises for parents and family members. (It's like having an encouraging parenting coach on your coffee table.) Although Dr. Placone's book is directed toward parents, I honestly feel like this would be a good read for anyone. I fully intend on applying the self-awareness exercises in my day-to-day life and in my interactions with other people. If you are a parent or work with children, I highly recommend this book. It's one of those life manuals that you will return to again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam Furby on August 27, 2011
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Mindful Parent Happy Child is a book that reaches right into the heart of the parent. What parent doesn't want to raise their children and help them develop into happy, independent and productive members of society? Unlike many other parent books, Dr. Placone directs parents to look at themselves, their style of parenting and family patterns; all the unconscious elements that can negatively impact their parent-child relationship.

Dr Placone's approach is gentle but clear leaving the reader wanting to not just be a better person for their child, but for every child. "All Adults Are Parents" says Dr. Placone, and I understand this in a way I have not before. I am far more aware of every child I encounter in my everyday tasks. I see these as opportunities to be a positive force in a child's life.

Dr. Placone doesn't use the word "mindfulness" lightly. It is not a word used to sell books or be on the wave of the "mindfulness' trend I see going on out there. She obviously respects the deep reflective practice of mindfulness while integrating the recent studies in neuroscience supporting the psychological and relational benefits of mindfulness practices. Dr Placone speaks of mindful parenting as a "life practice," something you become with time, not something you learn as a parenting technique. She teaches ways to integrate mindfulness into the busy and chaotic life of a parent with children of any age. Everyone can practice being mindful in everyday life: in the shower, driving, grocery shopping, writing checks, mopping up a spill. Being present without judgement of self or a situation is the first step in helping the parent stay calm and thinking clearly, or what Dr Placone's calls, "emotionally regulated.
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