Mindfulness for Parents Paperback – 16 Feb 2017
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Whether you are a beginner to the concept of mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner, you will find in this book a deep understanding of its power, and a clear, practical, insightful guide to using that power in your own family. -- Dr Lawrence Cohen, licensed psychologist, play therapist and author ofPlayful Parenting
Parenting is possibly our most rewarding and challenging task. Amber Hatch provides a wide-ranging account of how mindfulness and compassion can support and enrich parenting. She writes from a depth of knowledge and experience, and with a fluency and skill that makes the ideas accessible and useable. Her work is at the forefront of an important and very promising field of enquiry. -- Willem Kuyken, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University
In this excellent book, Amber Hatch explains clearly and persuasively how helpful mindfulness can be, not just for the child who is being parented but for the parent, too. If we learn to recognize, understand and regulate our own emotions we'll do a much better job of helping our children to manage theirs and find being a parent more rewarding. -- Gill Rapley, PhD, co-author of the Baby-led parenting books
Hatch has a real skill for explaining her ideas with loving clarity. A brilliantly personal yet practical guide to mindfulness, this book is infused with Hatch's grasp of the nuances that only a parent could know. Full of ideas, stories and interesting concepts, parenthood and mindfulness complement each other in surprising ways. An engaging read for any parent looking to find greater presence and more joy. -- Michelle McHale, Director of Attachment Parenting UK
This book makes mindfulness accessible to any parent interested in discovering effective ways to make parenting more meaningful, joyous and less stressful. It is packed with real-life examples that all parents will recognize. As a grandmother and mindfulness teacher I feel sure this book will be helpful to many parents. I wish this book had been around when my own children were growing up. -- Eluned Gold, Director of Continuing Professional Development, Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor University
Written with abundant compassion and honesty, Mindfulness for Parents offers an enormously helpful guide for bringing mindfulness to the everyday joys and very real challenges of life with children. Whether a parent, grandparent or parent-to-be, anyone wanting to achieve personal growth as they bring greater awareness into the domain of family living can benefit from these pages. Thank you, Amber, for writing such a kind, wise and caring book! -- Nancy Bardacke, midwife, meditation teacher and author of Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond
As a meditator herself, as well as an instinctive mother, Amber Hatch gives a from-the-heart description of the many and varied ways that mindfulness can help parents cope with the challenges of parenthood, and also open themselves to the wonders of development bodies, minds and relationships that babies and young children can teach us. -- Dr Paul Dennison, meditation teacher, founding trustee of the Samatha Trust, and former NHS Consultant Psychotherapist
This book is an invaluable tool for any parent struggling with children's demands in today's hectic 24/7 world. A practical, calming guide to retaining sanity and gaining peace, against all the odds. --Corinne Sweet, author of The Mindfulness Journal
In this excellent book, Amber Hatch explains clearly and persuasively how helpful mindfulness can be, not just for the child who is being parented but for the parent, too. --Gill Rapley, co-author of Baby-led Weaning
About the Author
Amber Hatch is a writer, teacher, parent and childminder. She studied for an English Literature degree in Southampton and holds an MA in Creative Writing. She is the author of Nappy Free Baby and two mindful colouring books. She has been practising Buddhist meditation for seven years, and regularly goes on retreat. She also helps to organise family retreats for the Samatha Centre in Wales.
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Having previously completed an MBSR course I was familiar with the concepts covered in the first few chapters. For me it was great to have a timely reminder of the how and why of mindfulness and meditation. I can also imagine it would be an inspiring starting point for someone with no experience of mindfulness. My course was completely secular so it was interesting to find out more about the Buddhist side of mindfulness without getting too bogged down in religious ideology.
The later chapters gave me some ideas about how to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into family life. They also provided some insight into how mindfulness could help me deal with the challenges ahead. I can see myself returning to these chapters as my child grows.
At times I felt perhaps the author was trying to sell a particular lifestyle so I think it's important to remember that this only one person's take on the subject.
I feel this book could almost be called '[an intro to] Buddhism for Parents' because it explains a lot of important Buddhist concepts around mindfulness - not in an evangelical way, but just tapping into all the richness of Buddhist philosophy and psychology in a clear and comprehensible way. I think this is a real plus, as so much about Buddhism can seem really opaque! I also think this wider conceptual framework can provide a really important support for gentle parenting. As someone trying to practise gentle parenting, I'm often going into the unknown, opening myself up to change and trying to alter my habits learned as a young child. Buddhist philosophy is a natural ally of this process and it's great to have its connections with gentle parenting so clearly spelled out.
This might make it sound very abstract but there are plenty of practical tips and real-life examples too!
To my knowledge there are no other books quite like this out there. Highly recommended for anyone interested in mindfulness, gentle parenting and/or Buddhism.
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