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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742377017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742377018
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,204 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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