- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Parallax Press (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937006832
- ISBN-13: 978-1937006839
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Great for moms who want to yell less and relax more. Author and clinical social worker Carla Naumburg, Ph.D. takes the philosophical and ancient ideas of consciousness and awareness and makes them easy to understand and use."Parents magazine
This book will help all parents who read it, and become a blessing in the lives of their children.”Edward Hallowell, MD, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
Parenting in the Present Moment offers a highly-achievable approach to parenting that can bring peace and connection back to the most challenging and distracted times of life.”Rachel Macy Stafford, Hands Free Mama
I’m not normally a fan of parenting booksI always seem to end up more defeated than inspired by the end. Parenting in the Present Moment, however, spoke to meDr. Naumburg has a been there, done that’ way of communicating her message which didn’t make me feel like a failure and, instead left me wanting to make some positive changes in my life. Imagine that!”Jill Smokler, Confessions of a Scary Mommy
Want to shush that inner voice that keeps telling you you’re parenting all wrong’? This book helps parents get out of that rut and into the moment, not a moment too soon!”Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids
Dr. Naumburg is a wise and insightful mother who can only talk the talk because she has walked the walk of mindful parenting. This book brings a fresh and potentially transformative message to modern parents. Parenting in the Present Moment is a must-have for the library of any parent who is sick and tired of being sick and tired with the way they have been parenting and want to truly change the way they treat their children and themselves for the benefit of the entire family.”Mayim Bailik, PhD, Mayim’s Vegan Table, actress, neuroscientist
In today’s high-pressure parenting climate, it’s refreshing to read a message like Carla’s that assures us that raising children is not about what we do, or don’t do, perfectly. Instead, as she shows us, it’s a constant practice, and this simple shift in mindset will help parents to understand how to stay present, connected and grounded. Reading this lovely, warm book is like having a cup of tea with a compassionate and wise friend.” Christine Gross-Loh, Parenting Without Borders
Thanks to Carla Naumburg’s wonderfully engaging tone, honest and relatable personal anecdotes, and tips that are both simple to remember and to implement, Parenting in the Present Moment gave me the confidence and hope that I could finally be the more present’ parent I have always struggled (yet dreamed) to be.”The Orange Rhino, Sheila McCraith, Yell Less, Love More
Full of wise insights, wonderful storytelling and practical guidance, this book should be on every parent’s reading list.”Elisha Goldstein, PhD, The Now Effect
Be here, now. Even if Carla Naumburg just wrote it over and over, Bart-Simpson-style, for 200 pages, this would be a deeply useful and inspiring book. But of course she offers so much more: practical advice, from-the-trenches reporting, and compassionate wisdom about how to raise a family intentionally. Or, as she puts it, mindfullyattentive to all the moments, and to the fact that the moments are all we ever have.” Catherine Newman, Waiting for Birdy
Carla Naumburg reminds us of the great value that exists in our relationships with our children, and the importance of taking care of ourselves while we juggle all that life throws our way. She guides us to be present in these relationships, both with others and ourselves, and provides a humorous and honest approach to raising children.”Kristen Race, PhD, Mindful Parenting
Honest and disarming, Carla Naumburg’s Parenting in the Present Moment is a must-read for all parents. Grounded throughout by Naumburg’s poignant personal anecdotes, the book is infused with useful tips, moving quotes, and powerful practices. The ultimate message? Parenting is hard, mindfulness can help.” Brian Leaf, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi
Being mindful’ seems like just another thing parents have to master, along with pureeing their own baby food and teaching a toddler the basics of French. But Carla Naumburg doesn’t approach it that way. In her wry, accepting way, she tries to instill in parents a basic attitude which allows them to make each parenting dayno matter how they choose to spend that daymore calm and fulfilling. Whatever kind of parent you choose to be, Naumburg’s book will help you do it with more grace.” Hanna Rosin, The End of Men
Humorous, heartfelt, and most of all, honest, Naumburg makes clear that parenting is about progress through practice rather than some kind of perfection we can achieve.”Christopher Willard, PhD, Child’s Mind
Wise, tender, honest, sweet, smart, practical, engaging. . . what a beautiful book, a book every parent should read. Dr. Naumburg writes as Carla, a fellow flawed parent, and opens her arms to parents and children everywhere. This book will help all parents who read it, and become a blessing in the lives of their children.”Edward Hallowell, MD, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
Each day we are inundated with distractions. From the noise of the outside world to the dialogue in our head, moments of meaningful human connection are becoming harder and harder to grasp. Parenting in the Present Moment reminds us that we have the ability to step off the merry-go-round of chaos and immerse ourselves in the present moment. Through realistic examples and down-to-earth language, Naumburg shows us we have everything we need to respond to our children and ourselves with compassion and kindness. Parenting in the Present Moment offers a highly-achievable approach to parenting that can bring peace and connection back to the most challenging and distracted times of life.”Rachel Macy Stafford, Hands Free Mama
About the Author
Carla Naumburg is a clinical social worker, writer, and most importantly, a mother. She is the mindful parenting blogger for PsychCentral.com and a contributing editor at Kveller.com. Carla's writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com, as well as in a number of academic articles and online magazines. Carla holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work, a PhD from Simmons College School of Social Work, and she has an advanced certificate in mindfulness and psychotherapy. Carla grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Bay Area of northern California, and she currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and two young daughters.
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As a mother of two young boys, the noise level in my house can be deafening and there is a great deal of yelling to get over the noise. Naumburg, an admitted reformed yeller, explains how yelling doesn't fix the problem and offers suggestions how to handle the situation without yelling.
Remembering to take care of yourself is encouraged as well. I appreciated this ... as a working mother of two boys with multiple activities (school, soccer, guitar, playdates), I often neglect myself and realized a good walk or cup of coffee with a friend would go a long way. Naumburg encourages in a gentle way to remember yourself. She is an advocate of meditation but doesn't say it will fix the chaos, only offers it as another resource. She also encourages you to reach out to your support system (family and friends) for help and support.
Naumburg offers sound parenting advice in a gentle way - advice that is useful with your crying baby to crazy children to moody teenagers. Isn't being a parent great?
As a mindfulness teacher, I am grateful that Carla's explanation of mindfulness, compassion, self compassion and meditation are "simple" and "soothing" to get yet honor the complexities and depths of practicing them. She breaks it all down so beautifully and simply.
I often notice how I FEEL when I read a book and how I feel afterward. In reading Carla's book, I felt a deep "ahhhhh"/exhale. I felt...calm. That isn't always the case after reading some realllly popular blogs and books on mindfulness.
I could easily give this to one of my clients and be confident they'd find it "doable." It balances practical tips with good explanation. She includes beautiful and wise quotes from leading experts and teachers. I also think it's pretty awesome that Carla's has selected to publisher her book with a publisher that has published the works of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Carla's authenticity lends itself to an exhale on behalf of the reader. As a wise teacher, Carla doesn't communicate: "I got my North Star and I'm all perfect now." No. Carla's book book draws a reader in. It says "hey, I get this. It's hard. This has been my experience. Here are some things that have helped. I hope they serve you too."
After reading her book, I am brought to a sense of spaciousness within me and feel a sense of solidarity with all parents.
While I can't say that my life has changed (yet) in any earth-shattering way, I CAN state that reading the book has already challenged me to shift some of my perspectives about my life as a mom, wife, friend, etc. Having had a particularly rough few days, referring back to certain passages was like relying on the calming presence of a wise friend.
Though they don't know it yet, some of my closest friends will be receiving this title as a gift in the very near future.