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Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting Paperback – May 13, 2014
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A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know It All
For anyone who is a parent of a toddler, you will get some major deep belly laughs.”
Alicia Silverstone, actress and author of The Kind Diet
Brian Leaf writes about parenting and yoga with such humor.”
Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts
Some holistic parenting books make me roll my eyes until I get a headache. Not this one. You won't find judgment or condescension here, just humor and humility. Warm, approachable, and funny, Brian Leaf will have you nodding, laughing, and even learning when you least expect it.”
Amber Dusick, author of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures
Brian Leaf plunges into the mysteries, madness, and anxieties of the parenting process and emerges with a perspective that is sure to leave you laughing and learning.”
Adele Faber, coauthor of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Finally! A much-needed and elegant male perspective on parenting from a respected and respectful voice in the holistic community. Brian Leaf has struck the perfect balance between honesty, humor, passion, and compassion for all paths of parenting. What a wonderful addition to any parent's library.”
Mayim Bialik, PhD, actress on The Big Bang Theory and author of Beyond the Sling
Brian Leaf speaks about conscious parenting with great humor, insight, and depth. A must-read for all parents trying to answer the call to conscious parenting.”
Dr. Shefali Tsabary, clinical psychologist and author of The Conscious Parent
A warm, funny memoir about the surprising and enlightening ups and downs of parenthood....Very connected to his Jewish roots and his yoga practice, Leaf is a mindful parent, heeding the Dalai Lama’s advice that the sure key to parenting is patience, compassion, forgiveness, and even faith, in my kids...but also in myself.’ In this insightful book, he reminds readers to remain open to those transcendent moments of love, connection, and happiness that make parenthood a pure joy.”
I found myself smiling, laughing, occasionally disagreeing, but most importantly thinking about where I stand as a parent. Brian’s musing and misadventures come from the heart and encourage us to be both on the parental dance floor while also consciously watching ourselves from the balcony.”
Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning, and The Soul of Discipline
Fatherhood is not a spectator sport, and Brian Leaf isn’t afraid to call the play-by-play on his own successes, near-misses, and semi-disasters. He’s funny, poignant, and gets across a powerful message about tuning in to our children and ourselves without proclaiming one right way to be a dad.”
Larry Cohen, author of Playful Parenting
The potent blend of dad and yogi and humorist that Brain Leaf so deftly mixes makes his book a must-read for parents of any generation. I say Namaste to a dad who can keep it light and lead with humor and stillness.”
Peggy O'Mara, founder of Mothering.com
If parenting has as many laughs as this book, sign me up! Fans of the first Misadventures will delight in this romp through the trials, tribulations, messes, and joys of alternative child rearing all captured with Leaf’s trademark mix of humor, honesty, and compassion.”
Benjamin Lorr, author of Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga
K. Patthabi Jois said that family life was the Seventh Series’ of Ashtanga Yoga, the most challenging and almost impossible to perfect. If this warm, funny book a love letter to both yoga and his kids is any indication, then Brian Leaf is a Seventh-Series Master.”
Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad and Stretch
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Top Customer Reviews
Just so you know: Leaf is a self-confessed Woody Allen type, a cheerful neurotic who happily indulges his least symptom of anxiety or distress--and now those of his two young sons, Noah and Benji. Obsessed with getting everything just right, the author and his Canadian wife, Gwen, leave no leaf (excuse the pun!) unturned in their search for the optimal method of birth for both mother and arriving baby (and for father), and we are regaled to a sometimes hilarious menu of the current options available to the consciousness-oriented parent. Thus, too, with infancy and the growth from toddler years to early childhood, with all the attendant challenges and potential pitfalls.
It's actually my daughter who should be writing about this book (I ordered her a copy), rather than myself. She's the mother of a two-and-a-half year old who has more energy than a nuclear reactor, and is dealing with all those things I had to deal with forty (and fifty!) years ago. Back then, all I knew how to do was muddle through, with the help of the amiable Dr. Spock.Read more ›
Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi is a fun, funny, and warm book that gives the reader a smile. Even if you don’t agree with everything the author says in the book, you’ll enjoy reading about his misadventures of parenthood, and the many adorable and heart-touching adventures along the way.
The book is filled with chapters focusing on a topic of parenthood. My favorite chapter was the “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” because it is so true, and not just for kids! This can help everyone with their communication skills!
Although I don’t have kids, I found this book to be excellent in case I ever do have kids. It is filled with funny yet useful tips on parenthood while trying to keep yourself sane and true to yourself. I also love how he uses all of his experience now with kids to see through to how it has actually helped him get to the heart of yoga, and stay positive through it all. I definitely recommend this book to parents and future parents.
* Thank you to the publisher of Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative, light-hearted, real. Great read for both me and my husband. Loved his other book too!Published 1 month ago by Carly C. Miller
I really did want to love this book. I have a 12 month old and lean toward the "green" side of parenting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emily
Quick and easy read, enjoyed it very much, so did my husband. Love the author's sense of humour. Would highly recommend.Published 4 months ago by SmellyCat
Loved the book. I'm a mom of two adopted children under one year ....so it's good to laugh & to know your not the only one trying to be a good parent. (And not go crazy trying)Published 16 months ago by jennifer guinn
Loved it cover to cover! It was like a cliff's notes for parenting styles. I need to get my partner to read this for sure. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Moonchild
I love how well rounded this book turned out to be! Awesome read! Attachment parenting and reconnecting with your kidsPublished 18 months ago by Morganiwatkins
I'm not an attachment parent. I will never be an attachment parent. I loved this book. It was funny, honest, smart, and well-written. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carla Naumburg