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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742377017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742377018
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,626 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.

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"Emotional support of the finest kind: funny, uplifting, reassuring, real and wise. A truly 'mothering' book for mothers ... and their children will benefit hugely." (Stephanie Dowrick)

"This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother." (Vicki Mackenzie)

"This empathetic book is written by a practicing Buddhist mother for other mothers who face daily assaults on their desire to be calm and centered. Napthali explains early on that she’s a mother, not a spiritual leader, and that she lives her Buddhism each day, and it is this practical, caring persona that narrator Rebecca Macauley brings to life. With her youthful-sounding Australian voice, Macauley enlivens the many anecdotes Napthali includes—stories of mothers trying to be mindful of their parenting mission in a world that offers constant distractions and frustrations, and tales that show how mothers who strive to be extraordinarily nurturing often fail to care for themselves. Macauley’s contemplative voice nicely expresses Napthali’s many soothing insights into the gifts that Buddhism offers mothers." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By J. Johansen on 23 Sept. 2004
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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 By Mr. N. Evans on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary on 6 Nov. 2008
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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 By b on 8 Jun. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krasa30 on 27 April 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ejk on 22 Oct. 2011
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This is a lovely book - easy to read, practical, realistic, and it contains so many humorous anecdotes likely to make any mother go 'yes!'. it's full of useful tips and techniques for everyone, whether buddhist or not, but it also shows how the spiritual path is part of everyday life rather than being separate from it. It's also helpful as sometimes a mother can feel isolated and that she is suffering alone. This book shows, with humour, how universal the trials and tribulations of motherhood are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By magnifyingglassamiss on 11 July 2011
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A good book for mums, it is a book for mums and not just about the children. It talks about the inside rage mums feel sometimes given they have very little time for themselves and can feel overwhelmed sometimes with toddle tantrums, lack of sleep etc. It also talks of the buddhism principles and how one can apply them to achieve calm at such times. It all makes sense and one can relate to the situations explained, its thought provoking but would take time to implement the fixes recommended. Overall, an very good and food for thought.
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