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Mommy Mantras: Affirmations and Insights to Keep You From Losing Your Mind Hardcover – April 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767923804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767923804
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A rare find, a book on parenting full of humor and deep wisdom, both ancient and modern, eastern and western. When faced with the sometimes mortifying craziness of family life, these mommy mantras can be valuable aids to restoring balance and perspective, helping us to see our children more clearly and meet situations with greater mindfulness and heartfulness.”

—Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, authors of Everyday Blessings:  The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting


"Unlike many other mothering books, Mommy Mantras offers concrete and useful advice.  It looks at contemporary mothering in a thoughtful and humorous way and provides practical solutions to those daily problems that often feel insurmountable.  I would highly recommend Mommy Mantras to any of my patients and to all the mothers I know. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as both a mother and a mental health professional."

—Ellen Stevenson, M.D., Clinical Director of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center


I love this book! I repeat the mantras at the pediatrician’s office, at preschool parent-teacher conferences, and in the bathroom and closet, my two hiding places for instant meditation. Casarjian and Dillon are brilliant at weaving together ancient Buddhist wisdom and psychology with humor and poignant stories that will help even the most stressed-out moms (like me). Thank you!

—Therese J. Borchard, editor of The Imperfect Mom
 

"Brimming with wise, heartfelt advice, Mommy Mantras offers specific tools to use in the moment when parenting threatens to drive you over the edge—when you are too angry, or too stressed, or too bored by the endless monotony of parenting. Mommy Mantras shines a guiding light in a long, dark tunnel."

—Patti Pitcher, author of Under the Chinaberry Tree

About the Author

Bethany E. Casarjian is a mother of three and the clinical director of the National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-at-Risk.  She lives in Weston, Massachusetts. 

Diane H. Dillon is the mother of two and the Director of the Child Study Team at The School at Columbia University.  She lives in New York City. 

Both authors are psychologists who work with children and families.

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Do it with insight and humor!
Peter
I don't know how many times I found myself laughing out loud while reading this book.
Jennifer Lewis
A great baby shower gift, or for the upcoming holidays!
L. Wills

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Van on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
During these "trying twos" months, I've had by my side this book and it has helped keep me sane. I recommend it to both dads and moms (even people without kids). The authors validate the physical and emotional challenges of raising children or dealing with major life transitions while at the same time giving you simple tools for dealing with your needs, emotions and growing pains in a mindful way. They keep it real, too, always noting that none of us are saints or Buddhas, and that sometimes we gotta ask for help or put our kids' needs aside so we can do the dishes or take a break. These mantras are helping to keep me mindful in all my relationships.

The book is divided into short little chapters, perfect for skipping around or revisiting. Although, I have enjoyed reading it from front to back, as some of the insights build on those in previous pages. Right now, my favorite mantra is "Embrace the goat." It's based on a story about a woman whose son always wanted to do the same thing at the zoo: pet the goat the entire time. The mantra reminds me to stay present in the moment even when it seems mundane or endless. It reminds me that my child notices when I'm not present and wishing to be somewhere else. Being mindful of this, I've seen an immediate shift in my enjoyment level with my son, and he has noticed this as well. It seems like he breaks fewer rules (like throwing toys into the fireplace) when I'm mindfully present and he can see my full, undivided attention in my eyes and face.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Pettis on June 18, 2010
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As a mother of 3 young children, I have read many books on parenting in the past several years. Quite a few have been helpful (see my other reviews!) but this is the first one that I read where I felt like the author(s) really understood *me* and all my thoughts around mothering. I have so many good intentions when it comes to being a mother and yet, how often do I find myself yelling at the kids,"FOR THE LOVE OF PETE JUST GET YOUR SHOES ON!"? Reading this book helped me feel understood and certainly normalized my experience but it also has given me tools for managing my own emotions. I've compiled a list of all the mantras and just posted it in my kitchen as a reminder and it really does help. There are a lot of books I think every parent should read, but this has just jumped to the top of the list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By beth on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book; I found the affirmations helpful, informative, witty and clever!

As a non-mommy and elementary educator, I was able to make vital connections and greatly enjoy the book on many levels. Dr. Dillon's guidance can offer insight into family and inter-personal relationships, shedding useful light on the stages of our lives.

This is a sensitive and welcome little must-have book..

for mommies and non-mommies alike!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Three on May 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mommy Mantras is such a positive and inspiring book! While realistically acknowledging that motherhood can be stressful, mundane, and scary, the authors nevertheless strongly concentrate on the positive aspects of motherhood too, and offer numerous ways to turn any negative situation around!! It is a book that parents can repeatedly return to for guidance, inspiration, and laughs!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Penny Arnold on March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this book helpful for moms, but also to anyone who finds themselves in frustrating, stressful, disappointing situations. The 'mantras' can be applied to anyone's daily life, especially those who spend time with children, to help us embrace a healthy perspective that includes joy and peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B Stewart on May 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A terrific book for first time (or fifth time!) moms. Meaningful and accessible, the authors distill critical parenting themes into mantras that can be pondered and used at difficult or stressful times. The fact that the foibles and frustrations of the authors themselves are used for discussion make this especially entertaining.

The perfect baby shower gift, and one that will be appreciated for years...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Wills on November 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After reading my copy of this book, I'm ordering copies for my sisters. Emphasizing calm in chaotic situations, the authors give great tips for managing the stresses of everyday parenting struggles. Reading the book was like getting great advice from my mom- with anecdotes and memories giving these words of wisdom context.

A great baby shower gift, or for the upcoming holidays! I also highly recommend this for a mom's club discussion. *****
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