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Mindful Parent, Happy Child: A Guide to Raising Joyful and Resilient Children Paperback – April 5, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Pilar Placone has worked over eighteen years as a Licensed Family Therapist in California. She has successfully treated individuals and families, adults and adolescents in the throes of alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, all forms of abuse, bipolar disorder, and major depression. In 2001 she received a doctorate in Integral Psychology where she studied Eastern contemplative practices and their healing properties in psychotherapeutic treatment. Her dissertation research resulted in the development of what she titled the Mindful Parenting Program. More recently, the foremost influence in her research is the brilliant and pioneering work of Dr. Dan Siegel, whose Interpersonal Neurobiology approach has increased the effectiveness and scientific integrity of her Mindful Parent Happy Child program.
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I love this book and I am already seeing small changes in my relationship with my kids. I have a ways to go but it is getting better." ~ Mom of 3
healthy and enjoyable life experiences. In her book she focuses
on the parent-child relationship. In my opinion, this concept carries over to the population in general and can be useful and applicable to anyone.
The reader is given an ability to apply and successfully practice these techniques in all areas of life. By following uncomplicated and relevant instructions, anyone can benefit from her book.
Dr. Placone is an insightful and accessible writer which makes MPHC an engaging (and quick) read. MPHC begins with a discussion on "mindfulness" and the proven benefits of mindfulness practice and then sets forth practical strategies for applying mindfulness principles toward strengthening the parent-child connection. MPHC also includes a workbook that has helpful cognitive-behavioral exercises for parents and family members. (It's like having an encouraging parenting coach on your coffee table.) Although Dr. Placone's book is directed toward parents, I honestly feel like this would be a good read for anyone. I fully intend on applying the self-awareness exercises in my day-to-day life and in my interactions with other people. If you are a parent or work with children, I highly recommend this book. It's one of those life manuals that you will return to again and again.