- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786883146
- ISBN-13: 978-0786883141
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Paperback – April 15, 1998
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"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
About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, is the Executive Director of the center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Kabat-Zinn's work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine and psychology, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons and professional sports. He leads workshops on stress reduction and mindfulness across the country and worldwide. He was featured in the PBS series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers, and on Oprah. In 2007, he received a Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine.
Myla Kabat-Zinn, B.S.N., R.N., has worked as a childbirth educator, birthing assistant and environmental advocate.
The authors live in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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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.
I am the mother of 2 children including a 3 year old who has managed to consistently push my buttons.
I have read quite a few parenting books and must agree with an observation by the authors that whilst most books tell you or suggest WHAT to do with your kids they don't tell you or help you to get past the anger and the hurt and the past not to mention the exhaustion of body and spirit that plague everyday interactions.
What I find particularly pleasing about this book is that it suggests that parenting is actually a spiritual practice which has the power to empower and transform the parent's and children's experience of this life.
There is acknowledgment of the pressures and the "pains" that are so real to parenting and suggestion that these may be the very gateway to enlightenment.
I would highly recommend this book to any parent who is on a quest...not for perfection... but for the deeper meaning that underlies the world's noblest and most heroic job. Not "up in the sky" abstract kind of principles but REAL enough to start practicing right now.
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.
Jagdish P Dave Ph. D, Psy D