Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children Paperback – 1 Jul 2011
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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.
"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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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.
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.
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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The first title from Napthali is Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natalia
Great book. It s very reassuring and I learnt so much from it.Published 1 month ago by Ines Clergue
I just love this book. I am so busy though the day that I only get a chance to read a few pages here and there but it helps me so much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ms. Bianca Wilson
My daughter is a young mother and an excellent one in my experience. She came across this book and it relates very much to her needs. She insisted that I buy it! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tasha Walsh
Brilliant book. You dont need to have alternative ideas to embrace this book, so in some ways the title is misleading. Excellent read so farPublished 10 months ago by Justin Vaughan
Frankly this one bored me quite a bit. Could be due to a lack of personal substance. Or just a very thin book.Published 13 months ago by tonet
Totally life changing! This book has helped me to be calmer and kinder to everyone around me, and I feel so much happier.Published 19 months ago by miss m cumberland