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Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children [Paperback]

Sarah Napthali
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Oct 2010
Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman, yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different. It is a book for mothers. Buddhism for Mothers encourages mothers to gain the most joy out of being with their children. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends? Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers coping strategies for the day-to-day challenges of motherhood that also allow space for deeper reflection about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering Buddhism for Mothers can help you shift your perspective so that your mind actually helps you through your day rather than dragging you down. This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia (Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742373771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742373775
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sarah Napthali is a mother of two young boys who tries to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life. Her working life has ranged from teaching English as a Second Language and corporate training, to human rights activism and interpreting. Since becoming a mother she has focussed on writing, initially for companies and later for individuals wanting to record their memoirs. She is also the author of Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children (A&U, 2007) and Buddhism for Mothers of School Children (A&U, 2009). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Can't recommend it enough 1 Oct 2004
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Why isn't this book more widely known about? I stumbled on it in a bookshop and it is by far one the best books on motherhood I have read and even one of the best self-help books I've read. The chapter on anger alone is worth the purchase price. Every new mother and mother of young children should have a copy. It has helped me on a daily basis, especially when I've felt frustrated or isolated and both my under-twos have been crying at once. By the way, it's not a silly New-Agey spiritual book, but very practical and very informative. I'm not at all religious and am not a Buddhist, but since reading it I have become very interested in Buddhism. So, on top of all that, it's probably a great introduction to Buddhism too. Also, the author deserves praise for her honesty about her own tribulations sometimes as a mother. Thank you Sarah Napthali.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This is the best book I have read on general parenting and I would highly recommend this book to every mother and/or father.
The author uses humour, intelligence and empathy in communicating the daily challenges of being a parent. The book also covers relationships in general and those with close family members and friends.
Good parenting is not something that comes easily all the time and the author acknowledges this and offers ways to approach daily life that help both parent and child. Although the book discusses Buddhists ideologies it should not put off someone of another faith as it is really about seeing and dealing with your children in a kind and respectful manner whilst also giving you the tools to manage life in a less stressful way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great advice 15 Nov 2008
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this book is a must for every parent! Even if you have no interest in buddhism, its advice is straightforward and honest. There are so many baby and toddler books on the market and most of them change as new research comes to the fold. You cannot change this book because it is based on pure truth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is full of honesty, wisdom and modesty. It goes to the heart of the matter with warmth and helps you find the tools in yourself to be the best parent possible. A book to return to time and time again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 8 Jun 2010
By b
Having spent the first few years looking for a book that tells me how children work, I have now found a book that understands how I work and shows me how I can manage myself as a parent and as a person. The best book on life I have read. You will not regret buying this.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Mums 7 Feb 2008
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
I am not a Buddhist, although there is much about the religion that I think can help us in everyday life. I picked up this book more for the tips on parenting than to learn more about Buddhism. For this reason I only skimmed through the initial and final chapters which are more about Buddhism, and concentrated on the segments in the middle.

What I particularly like about this book is that is very upfront about how difficult and lonely parenting can sometimes feel. Sarah Napthali (and the other women whom she quotes) are very frank about the times when they've been angry with their children or partners, when they've felt depressed or anxious or when they just fail to enjoy parenting as much as they'd like to. It's clear that being a Buddhist doesn't mean that you never feel these difficult emotions, just that you work on not giving in to them. Because this book is written in such an unjudgemental and empathetic way, I found it very inspiring. I think this should be required reading for every mother!

My only critique is really that the book is a still too topline. Although Napthali does give a handy list of techniques to help you parent in a more calm way, I found that some of them were more headlines than how to-s. The book also includes a chapters on topics like concerns about ageing and relationships with your partner and while these were interesting I would have preferred her to spend more time on parenting issues.

Nevertheless, it's a fabulous book to keep on your bedside table. I liked to read a few pages and reflect back at the end of the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Krasa30
This book should be recommended to every mum on the NHS before they even leave the delivery ward! Once you master the art of changing nappies, sleepless nights and weaning and your baby slowly turns into a toddler- true parenting with all its challenges begins. This book addresses the many different emotions that a parent/mum of a young child will go through- anger, guilt, resentment, frustration, isolation, inadequacy. Not at all the Hollywood-inspired daily idyll of motherhood that we have become accustomed to hearing about. It is shocking to me, how few people are prepared to admit how difficult and fraught motherhood can be, and for that alone I thank the author who has shared with her readers her own struggles and challenges. The book also includes funny stories from other mums to help us feel that we are not alone out there and to remind us to laugh every now and then.

Too many books concentrate on what we can give our children, and too few actually deal with the psychological and emotional demands this places on (quite often)- us women. Few people are able to be frank with others about the negative impact that motherhood has on our relationships with our partners, friends and even other family members! Being a mum demands an almost unbelievable amount of self sacrifice - physical, emotional, material and this opens the door for potentially experiencing life as a mum in a negative way. Sarah Napthali's book helps the reader deal with that.

This book has helped me hugely and I would go so far as to say, that it has plucked me out of my depression.
This is a self-help text of tremendous value to every mum and is not a book that teaches you to meditate or preaches Buddhist theories. It is intended for real women who may be complete beginners to Buddhism and who understand the importance of being more happy and healthy for the sake of their families, but need a little bit of encouragement to get there.
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Published 22 days ago by enna-eiram
5.0 out of 5 stars Am a better mother, wife and happier person for reading this.
Brilliant book, every mother should read it! Looking forward to starting it all over again. Will recommend to every mother I know.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Lucie Todhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read
I'm not usually into self-help manuals, but this has been an excellent find. It provides an interesting introduction to buddhism and I found it to be reassuringly non-judgemental. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brightonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Realistic goals to achieve, advice and down to earth writer. Thoroughly enjoyed this book & am already more aware of my actions and how to cope with difficulties.
Published 11 months ago by Karen browning
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I have really loved this book. It has really helped day-today with my son and has also helped me realize that the rollercoaster of emotions bringing up a child is normal! Read more
Published 13 months ago by C Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I'm only about halfway through this book but it's already had such a positive impact on my state of mind and my parenting. The book recognises the challenges (and pleasures! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
To be honest this is just one of many books onBuddhism I am currently reading. What I have read so far makes great sense.
Published 15 months ago by Ann Cull
5.0 out of 5 stars A mothering book that's actually worth the money
This is a wonderful book - calming to read during the first few years, packed full of information and a real help - even if you do not call yourself a buddhist or know very much... Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Sylger Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, completely changed my outlook!
Absolutely brilliant book. I would recommend this book to any mums out there who sometimes find it difficult to "live in the moment". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rozziep
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I found this a great book. I found it very helpful to learn about others' personal stories and realise that I am not alone in my difficulties. Read more
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