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Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Paperback – April 15, 1998
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In the rush, rush, rush of too-much-to-do-and-no-time-to-do-it, the all-important, nurturing aspects of parenthood can easily disappear. Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Myla Kabat-Zinn have collaborated on Everyday Blessings, a book that approaches parenting from the Zen Buddhist position of moment-to-moment awareness. It's a beautiful presentation and a thoughtful approach to mindful meditation that will help you slow down, enrich your life as a parent, and nourish the internal life of your children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The pages of this book invite us to discover a way of parenting in the present moment that helps us see our children for who they are and ourselves with greater awareness. Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn show us a wise path that leads to deep connection, empathy, and love both for our children and ourselves. Their book is a treasure, especially for these fast-paced, accelerating times when many of us seek more balance and wholeness in our lives and relationships."―Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.
"The Kabat-Zinns' book is a gift and a blessing, filled with wise counsel for stepping wholeheartedly into the parenting journey. I urge parents to take refuge in this beautiful book, and to be inspired to embrace each day as an opportunity for learning, growing, and loving more deeply."―Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected
"Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn are pioneers in cultivating the inner clarity that creates the parental presence our children of any age need to become securely attached. Their personal and professional insights in this accessible, story-filled classic volume enable us to become the kind of parent we want to be-open, attuned, flexible, and compassionate to our children and to ourselves. This revised and updated edition of the original source for 'mindful parenting' gives us new guidance to create the life of love our children deserve. Soak in their words of wisdom and everyone will benefit!"―Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
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As the title suggests, it is a somewhat abstract guidebook on the conversations that parents should be having within themselves in order to parent with grace, patience and wisdom. It is NOT a traditional manual on childrearing. It is not about methods to use when disciplining or interacting with your child (though there are sections on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, etc.). (For concrete parenting tips and approaches, I HIGHLY recommend Janet Lansbury's books.) Instead, this book is about the mental workings of the parent as he or she plays, admonishes, lives with children. If that sounds confusing, let me offer an example...
My 3 year is spirited, to say the least, and can be running around, shouting with excitement one minute, or falling into a very intense tantrum the next. While I recognize that the tantrum is a sign that she's: a) sleepy, b) trying to communicate but is overwhelmed by her emotions or c) wants my attention, the intensity of her emotions can often feel like an assault on my senses and I tend to react emotionally. Then, we often fall into a battle of wills and both get increasingly upset and frustrated. Whether you believe in time outs, time ins, consequence driven discipline, or none of the above, this book is about what the parent does with his or her energy and thoughts in such a scenario and many others. When I am able to apply the approach in this book, I am able to completely improve my outlook and level of contentment. This is a much needed and often overlooked aspect of parenthood! I am very grateful for this book!
This book is not a how-to on parenting, or an esoteric book of brain theories, but a wonderfully honest, thoughtful book that highlights how mindfulness can ground parents moment-to-moment, even amidst chaos.
I am the father of an extremely strong-willed 17 month old boy who often challenges my ability to be the calm, cool, collected parent I want to be. Basically, I am a person who is type A and usually in control. Parenting, for the most part, is out of control, especially with a determined child like mine. What I want, and what my child want are usually two very different things. This book helped me see that it was my wanting things to be or happen a certain way that was ruining the little time I have with my son. Not a single day of my time as a parent has gone down exactly the way I planned it, and after reading this book, I'm okay with that. I'm more open & flexible to changes in my son's behavior, and I see that I was expecting way too much from him. He is 17 months old, not 17 years, and he's going to behave in ways that 17-month-olds are supposed to behave.
Jagdish P Dave Ph. D, Psy D
If you are looking for a discipline book - a book that outlines specific childhood behaviors and how to eradicate them, then this is not the book for you. It's not a "how to" book. It's not black and white. But, in my opinion, it is so much more.
Courageous, timeless and relevant, poetic, inspiring, practical, and helpful, I will keep this Bible close as I grow into the parent my children deserve, nourished by every chapter of this wonderful, beautiful, challenging work of collected brilliance.
THANK YOU, Jon and Myla, from our whole family
The reference to Dr.Sears and attachment parenting is an affront to reason.
His theories have been debunked.
Please read classical Buddhist thought