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“In our increasingly hectic world, many parents feel too busy, stressed and distracted to teach their kids how to live healthy lives. In Mindful Parenting, Kristen Race will show you how to slow down, model mindfulness, and stay connected as a family. Rooted in science and filled with practical takeaways, this is a welcome and needed book for all parents.” ―Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

“Is your family running from one activity to the next? Do you spend more time balancing conflicting schedules than bonding as a family? Mindful Parenting will help you and your family lead calmer, happier, and healthier lives. Rooted in science, Dr. Kristen Race offers lots of clever, fun techniques you can implement right away. The takeaways will help you and your children find the balance and calm you all need and deserve. This book is a must-read for all parents of our generation.” ―Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

“A thoughtful, science-based plan that helps today's parents and their kids use mindfulness techniques . . . Busy parents will benefit from Race's balanced approach and bounty of family-friendly ways to decompress.” ―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

KRISTEN RACE, Ph.D. is an expert in child, family and school psychology and the founder of Mindful Life. Dr. Race speaks regularly at national conferences and for many community groups. Her print articles have appeared in Kiwi magazine, Denver Life, and Colorado Business Magazine among others, and she has appeared on the CBS Morning Show and Everyday Colorado as a parenting expert. She currently resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her family.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125002031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250020314
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author’s views about the purpose of preschool and preparing kids for kindergarten are apt. The book gives details on Brain science and stress response in the brain. They have also researched impact of TV programs like spongeBob V/s caillou and their effect on kids brain.

The author has also given age appropriate activities that parents could do and keep their kids busy and not just use media as a means of entertainment. I liked the part on hanging up and hanging out and the letter of 10 year old Ryan to his mom on hanging up and hanging out; making mealtime fun, simple power of sleep, teaching children to relax, cultivating mindful children, meditating with your kids, tree pose, various books for kids on meditation, creating a special moment with your child each day like telling a funny story.

An easy to read book on parenting and mindfulness.
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I loved this book because it provides parents and kids the tools to cope with life. My family life is getting faster paced and more stimulating daily and Mindful Parenting provides realistic solutions to help calm down my kid's brains to help them process the fast pace world around them. My favorite analogy in this book is "Mr. Rogers vs. Sponge Bob". As a 43 year old mother with 2 daughters I can relate to Mr. Rogers from my youth, and Mr. Rogers vs. Sponge Bob allowed me to better understand the type of environment my kids will face as they grown up. I believe you can't control everything in your kids world and as a parent I feel to raise strong successful kids they have to learn how to cope with the world around them. This book gives great tool for kids and parents. Hope you enjoy it too!
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This book was incredibly eye opening. Not only did it detail out specific ways that I can parent in a more mindful way, it actually opened my eyes as to why my own stress level has been incredibly high in recent years and tips for how to calm myself down. When I am less connected to my digital devices and more connected to my kids and my husband, our life is so much easier to manage. I am incredibly grateful to this book for showing me that my amygdala really needs some down time and constant connection to my iphone or binge watching tv programs are only making the problem worse. I had no idea how much additional stress I was creating in my day to day life. I find that most non-fiction books these days are about 15% content and 85% page count - not the case with this book. Every chapter is jam packed with science based evidence for the problem and mindfulness based tips for the solution.
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As a meditation teacher, I find this book to be invaluable. I highly recommend it if you want to understand how today’s technology is impacting our children. What makes this book stand out among the rest is that the strategies and techniques are supported by brain science research. The information is well organized and I now have a book I can recommend to parents when they ask what they should read! I liked the book so much I bought a copy for several parents of young children I know as well as the parents of my 6 grandchildren.
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I recommend this book to parents, teachers, and adults without children! Mindful Parenting offers tangible tools that anyone can easily implement into their daily life - and the best part is, you'll see the benefits almost immediately. Thank you, Kristen Race, for such a comprehensive and accessible guide to living a full, physically and mentally healthy, loving life. I admire your work tremendously!
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Lots of great ideas to incorporate into your family life - we have used a few in our family to good effect. I was expecting a bit more depth around mindfulness practice and attention, but is a good introductory book to mindfulness with practical ideas for families.
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This book begins with an explanation of basic brain science and how the brain is effected by our environment. It then rolls out a bunch of strategies that you can try right now without therapy or investing a ton of time and money; Strategies that can help both you and your kids lead calmer, happier more fulfilling lives. The author's down to earth and real life examples make the book applicable to all. She also touches on ADD and makes a case for using the same strategies in helping kids with those challenges.
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This is an excellent book, timely and very readable. It will also appeal to grandparents as well as parents. Grandparents will also enjoy reading this book as it refers often to their own very busy children who are the parents of their grandchildren. Many very helpful hints to encouraging communication within the family of all ages. You can give this book as a gift without appearing that you are criticizing parenting - just offering another great resource for busy parents.
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