“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.