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This generation of parents is overwhelmed with parenting advice. Carla Naumburg sets out to remind them that they have everything they need to raise healthy, happy children. Mindful parenting is about paying attention to what is going on with your children and yourself, without judging, freaking out, or thinking everyone should be doing something differently. In Parenting in the Present Moment, Naumburg shares what truly matters in parenting connecting with children in ways that are meaningful to them and you, staying grounded amid the craziness of parenting, and staying present for whatever life throws your way.
With reassuring, compassionate storytelling, she weaves the most current theories about healthy relationships, compassionate self-care, and mindfulness throughout vignettes of her own chaotic childhood and parental struggles. She shows how mindfulness creates a solid foundation for any style of parenting, regardless of your cultural background, socioeconomic status, or family structure. She also introduces the STAY model for tough times: Stop whatever it is you’re doing; Take a breath; Attune to your thoughts and those of your child; and Yield.
Parenting is an ongoing journey that constantly challenges every parent. Parenting in the Present Moment will help each family find its own way.
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Parallax Press (September 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937006832
- ISBN-13: 978-1937006839
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
Parenting advice worth reading!
Parenting is hardest job I have ever taken on and I am constantly looking for the best advice to make the job easier. Parenting in the Present Moment instilled a sense of confidence in me, more so than any other parenting book I have read. (and I have read many!) Clearly stated and explained, Naumburg suggests reasonable advice to help see passed the screaming and chaos to understand where your child could be coming from to help solve their problem/confusion.
Truly a Book for EVERY Parent
There are a lot of parenting books out there. As the mother of a special needs child, so many of them make me feel as though they were written for other parents. The ones whose lives might have a modicum of chaos but otherwise appear relatively “normal.” What I especially appreciate about Dr. Naumberg’s book is that she acknowledges (repeatedly) how appreciably different and difficult it can be for moms like me. I felt as though my particular challenges were respected and that I too, even with the additional struggle, might find her strategies and suggestions completely doable.
Beauitful. Supportive. Accessible.
As a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, I have found Carla’s book to be one of the most accessible books for my clients. Carla’s honesty invites people in and normalizes their experience of parenting. The tips are accessible and doable.
Worth the read
She doesn’t go into examples of how you can parent as far as how to talk to your children or scripts but she does focus on parenting from the inside out. It’s a great read for any parent that is wanting to be more mindful in life really not just parenting.
Live in the present – not the past or the future – an excellent guide from one who knows.
Excellent book, really helps me stay focused on living in the present and being there for my baby. I particularly like the comment that 90% of the time we are struggling towards the right direction, but that it is in the knowing which way we should be going that we do the right thing. So most of the time we are working towards our goal of being present, of soothing and listening, rather than being perfectly attuned, but that’s all right. This book is reassuring for this first-time mother, who once did a little meditation with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order a long time ago and not much since. Not like all the other parenting books, a spiritual and mental dimension based firmly in the real world, on the author’s own experiences.
Parenting in the Present Moment is a wonderful book. I’ve been reading it in small chunks… so I can really absorb and reflect on everything the author is saying. In each chapter, Dr. Naumburg shares personal stories interwoven with professional experience. This in itself would be useful… but what I find truly unique about the book is how she also blends in lessons she is learning from her mindfulness practice. The result is a book that is funny, practical, poignant, and also exceedingly wise. As an extra bonus, this is the first parenting book I’ve ever read that extends beyond parenting. I find I’ve been applying Dr. Naumburg’s mindfulness framework to many areas of my life. I highly recommend this book to any parent who is looking for practical advice, as well as some overall inspiration.
Fantastic, practical, and empowering!
I just devoured this gem of a book! As an avowed avoider of almost all parenting “advice” books, I was drawn in by Carla Naumburg’s approachable style and simple yet profound ideas about what exactly it means to take a mindfulness-based approach to parenting. I can point to multiple moments over the days since I finished the book where I felt more in control of my thinking at stressful parenting moments, more able to make clear-headed decisions, and more empowered to make taking care of myself a priority too.
I highly recommend her book to any parent who wishes to learn …
In her book, Carla’s authentic and honest account of her own parenting and mindfulness journey gives hope to any parent who wishes to become more anchored in the present moment. Carla’s wise words remind us that our children live in the now moment and they wish us to join them there. Her book is uplifting, hopeful and a reminder that we are all embarking upon our parenting pathways one moment and one step at a time. I highly recommend her book to any parent who wishes to learn the life-skills of mindfulness and how these skills are applicable to parenting.
You should buy this book.
this is an excellent parenting book – and really the ideas relate to all areas of your life. this is not a book that teaches you a specific parenting method – instead you learn how to apply what you already know and be MINDFUL about your choices. I LOVE this book and highly recommend it to every parent. (I am also going to use some of the methods to help me be more mindful about my eating!)