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A combination of personal narrative and stories gathered from mothers, this guide shows how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers—Buddhists and nonBuddhists—be more open, attentive, and content. By guiding mothers on a spiritual path, this evocation also helps them cultivate wisdom, open-heartedness, and a better understanding of themselves and their A combination of personal narrative and stories gathered from mothers, this guide shows how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers—Buddhists and nonBuddhists—be more open, attentive, and content. By guiding mothers on a spiritual path, this evocation also helps them cultivate wisdom, open-heartedness, and a better understanding of themselves and their children. The Buddhist teachings and principles help answer questions that all mothers face, especially those with young children: Who are my children? Who am I? How can I do my best by my children and myself? What to do about all that housework? and Is this all? Written in a clear and engaging style, this warm and simple meditation facilitates parenting with awareness, purpose, and love.


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A combination of personal narrative and stories gathered from mothers, this guide shows how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers—Buddhists and nonBuddhists—be more open, attentive, and content. By guiding mothers on a spiritual path, this evocation also helps them cultivate wisdom, open-heartedness, and a better understanding of themselves and their A combination of personal narrative and stories gathered from mothers, this guide shows how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers—Buddhists and nonBuddhists—be more open, attentive, and content. By guiding mothers on a spiritual path, this evocation also helps them cultivate wisdom, open-heartedness, and a better understanding of themselves and their children. The Buddhist teachings and principles help answer questions that all mothers face, especially those with young children: Who are my children? Who am I? How can I do my best by my children and myself? What to do about all that housework? and Is this all? Written in a clear and engaging style, this warm and simple meditation facilitates parenting with awareness, purpose, and love.

30 review for Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent

  1. 5 out of 5

    meredith

    so so so so good! Such accessible yet profound lessons! It took me ages to read, as I found each chapter - and sub-chapter segments, very dense with poignant lessons, and would need to digest small amounts of text before I moved on (I renewed this book more than once from my library!). I am dying to read her first book as well. Infact, I'd LOVE to own a copy of both. It's a book I think all mums should have a read of, and a copy of on their shelves, to refer back to when things are rough. I feel l so so so so good! Such accessible yet profound lessons! It took me ages to read, as I found each chapter - and sub-chapter segments, very dense with poignant lessons, and would need to digest small amounts of text before I moved on (I renewed this book more than once from my library!). I am dying to read her first book as well. Infact, I'd LOVE to own a copy of both. It's a book I think all mums should have a read of, and a copy of on their shelves, to refer back to when things are rough. I feel like I stumbled across this book at the absolute right moment in my life! I am a new(ish) mother and also an aspiring Buddhist, or rather, I should say that I'm getting into Buddhist practices, meditation, texts, etc. I also feel a kinship to Sarah Napthali, the lovely author. READ THIS! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Magennis

    Wonderfully down to earth and practical advice on motherhood and a clear introduction to Buddhism. The author draws from Theraveda, Zen and Tibetan schools and lightly sketches an overview of non-self, dukkha and karma among others. I turn to this kind of book when I'm feeling particularly strung out and/or confused, and it certainly has helped me more than any other 'parenting' book I've found. The approach, ideas and advice are a good way of acknowledging some of the difficulties of mothering Wonderfully down to earth and practical advice on motherhood and a clear introduction to Buddhism. The author draws from Theraveda, Zen and Tibetan schools and lightly sketches an overview of non-self, dukkha and karma among others. I turn to this kind of book when I'm feeling particularly strung out and/or confused, and it certainly has helped me more than any other 'parenting' book I've found. The approach, ideas and advice are a good way of acknowledging some of the difficulties of mothering and how to deal with them with equanimity. Even if I've not explained the Buddhist aspect of the book very well, the bottom line is this book has stopped me going mental at least a few times.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Almost as good as Buddhism for Mothers. This one was weighty and though, I loved it, found she struggled to keep the focus on the true purpose of the book. There was so much in this book, deep, important things to think about as both a mother and woman. I think I'll need to sit with it and then read it again to truly digest what she had to say. Almost as good as Buddhism for Mothers. This one was weighty and though, I loved it, found she struggled to keep the focus on the true purpose of the book. There was so much in this book, deep, important things to think about as both a mother and woman. I think I'll need to sit with it and then read it again to truly digest what she had to say.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Absolutely love this book! Really, really helpful in a practical way as well as a great introduction to Buddhist practice. Leaves me wanting more of the same, but will save Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren until I am one, and instead begin working through my list of Napthali's recommended authors :) Absolutely love this book! Really, really helpful in a practical way as well as a great introduction to Buddhist practice. Leaves me wanting more of the same, but will save Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren until I am one, and instead begin working through my list of Napthali's recommended authors :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    This is another great book by Sarah Napthali that still somehow manages to provide additional wisdom for having a Buddhist perspective as a mom. Reading this book is akin to taking a calm pill. When I've turned to this book after a tough day, everything feels a thousand times better! This is another great book by Sarah Napthali that still somehow manages to provide additional wisdom for having a Buddhist perspective as a mom. Reading this book is akin to taking a calm pill. When I've turned to this book after a tough day, everything feels a thousand times better!

  6. 5 out of 5

    jenny scottsmith

    Wonderful book I am not a buddhist, but I am a mother of 2. This book won't change the way I parent but it has had a massive impact on my enjoyment of parenting. I feel happier and more accepting of my self and my children in a life changing way. This book has given me several moments of deep insight in to how my expectations and my way of thinking about certain situations has caused me unnecessary unhappiness. I aim to be more accepting of 'now' This book is very accessible, not at all preachy, Wonderful book I am not a buddhist, but I am a mother of 2. This book won't change the way I parent but it has had a massive impact on my enjoyment of parenting. I feel happier and more accepting of my self and my children in a life changing way. This book has given me several moments of deep insight in to how my expectations and my way of thinking about certain situations has caused me unnecessary unhappiness. I aim to be more accepting of 'now' This book is very accessible, not at all preachy, warm, and compasionate. I am looking forward to finding out more about Buddhism as I found some of the teachings mentioned very helpful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    This book has been read like a guide book. I have picked it up as a saving grace when I have felt I needed the guidance it offers and if offers much and then put it down for a month or more. It’s taken me years to read because of the intuitive way I have chosen to read it, but it has always offered me the best passage of reading I needed in any given moment and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you Sarah ❤️ I give it 10 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    Offers very useful meditations for this time of my life, raising a toddler.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jolynne

    Such a calming and reassuring read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Reagan Love

    Many folded pages throughout, beautiful advice that helped during an overwhelming stage of motherhood.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Demi

    What an excellent book for Mothers of toddlers & pre-school children. I truly enjoyed this follow-up to Sarah Napthali's first book, Buddhism for Mothers. Not only was it well written and easy-to-read (which is absolutely essential when you're constantly interrupted by the needs of a young Bub/toddler) but Sarah also included lots of invaluable resources like the mention of Nonviolent Communication, Zen Writing, Zen Drawing and various practical ways to incorporate mindfulness in a busy parent's What an excellent book for Mothers of toddlers & pre-school children. I truly enjoyed this follow-up to Sarah Napthali's first book, Buddhism for Mothers. Not only was it well written and easy-to-read (which is absolutely essential when you're constantly interrupted by the needs of a young Bub/toddler) but Sarah also included lots of invaluable resources like the mention of Nonviolent Communication, Zen Writing, Zen Drawing and various practical ways to incorporate mindfulness in a busy parent's day. I found the journal insights into other Mothers' experiences & reflections really supportive, as so often I've gone through similar experiences myself. It was heartening to read that other Buddhist Mothers have similar struggles and came out the other side. Actually, there are so many useful tidbits in this book that I truly think it has something to offer everyone. Very glad I set aside the time to read this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Fox

    I try not to read too many parenting books (trusting one's instincts is the only legitimate advice) but I couldn't resist this one and I'm glad I gave it a chance. This, along with Lawrence Cohen's "Playful Parenting," have helped make the last few months with my children the best months we've experienced together, and I can feel myself growing as a mother in ways that feel long-lasting. I am learning from the techniques I gleaned from this book to become more observant of my thoughts, to turn f I try not to read too many parenting books (trusting one's instincts is the only legitimate advice) but I couldn't resist this one and I'm glad I gave it a chance. This, along with Lawrence Cohen's "Playful Parenting," have helped make the last few months with my children the best months we've experienced together, and I can feel myself growing as a mother in ways that feel long-lasting. I am learning from the techniques I gleaned from this book to become more observant of my thoughts, to turn frustration with disciplinary issues/housekeeping/etc. into a 'practice,' and to make the most of the present moment by recognizing the ephemerality of childhood. One needn't be Buddhist or know anything about Buddhism to benefit from this helpful and compassionate little book, but even Buddhists will appreciate the author's approach, which incorporates tenets of Zazen, Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism.

  13. 4 out of 5

    K

    So this is not a book I would have picked up on my own, for two reasons: first, not being Buddhist, this was not on my radar, and second, I try only to read parenting books by practicing clinical child psychologists. But I am glad I read this book, it was less a book about parenting and more about self care. I found so many of the Buddhist principles reflected a great deal of Christian teaching and for once have a practical understanding of dying to oneself and capturing each thought. I also for So this is not a book I would have picked up on my own, for two reasons: first, not being Buddhist, this was not on my radar, and second, I try only to read parenting books by practicing clinical child psychologists. But I am glad I read this book, it was less a book about parenting and more about self care. I found so many of the Buddhist principles reflected a great deal of Christian teaching and for once have a practical understanding of dying to oneself and capturing each thought. I also for the first time in years have felt moved to actually pray. I am curious to learn more about meditation as just reading about meditation has made me feel more peaceful. Don't overlook this book just because it has Buddhism in the title.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MrsF

    I have two boys, the oldest is just turning 6, and both this, and Sarah's original Buddhism for Mothers have completely saved me countless times during the mayhem of mothering. After the birth of my second child, this second delicious serve of parenting comfort, humour, reassurance, and LIGHT on the journey of parenting absolutely renewed my love for being a Mum. A brilliant read for Dads too. As soon as I know anyone's about to have a new bub, I rush to get them copies if both Sarah's books. Li I have two boys, the oldest is just turning 6, and both this, and Sarah's original Buddhism for Mothers have completely saved me countless times during the mayhem of mothering. After the birth of my second child, this second delicious serve of parenting comfort, humour, reassurance, and LIGHT on the journey of parenting absolutely renewed my love for being a Mum. A brilliant read for Dads too. As soon as I know anyone's about to have a new bub, I rush to get them copies if both Sarah's books. Life changing, a golden little gem.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Beautiful book that makes you refocus and think hard about what parenting is and is all about. As a Christian reading this book I was unimpressed by the little digs at Christianity (which also seemed to come from a naive understanding of what the faith is) but overall I loved this book. It re-energized me, challenged me, and made me really think about what type of parent I am and want to be...and can become. A very nice reminder that this is all so fleeting and goes by so fast that we need to ma Beautiful book that makes you refocus and think hard about what parenting is and is all about. As a Christian reading this book I was unimpressed by the little digs at Christianity (which also seemed to come from a naive understanding of what the faith is) but overall I loved this book. It re-energized me, challenged me, and made me really think about what type of parent I am and want to be...and can become. A very nice reminder that this is all so fleeting and goes by so fast that we need to make the most of it and not wallow in the negativity and challenges. You are what you think.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Very refreshing, very calming perspective on parenting. I highlighted so many passages that spoke to me, items that I want to reread and refer back to. I am not a Buddhist, but heard/read good things about this book and I'm glad I gave it a go. So much of it made sense, not just in a parenting sense, but in other aspects of life as well: to try to live in the present moment, to accept yourself and others as they are, to relinquish control. Very thought-provoking and reassuring. Very refreshing, very calming perspective on parenting. I highlighted so many passages that spoke to me, items that I want to reread and refer back to. I am not a Buddhist, but heard/read good things about this book and I'm glad I gave it a go. So much of it made sense, not just in a parenting sense, but in other aspects of life as well: to try to live in the present moment, to accept yourself and others as they are, to relinquish control. Very thought-provoking and reassuring.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Great to read a book with the specific audience of mothers (ie caregivers who don't have a lot of time for themselves and have lots of opportunity to become frustrated at the needs of others) about mindfulness and Buddhism. She presents the ways Buddhism can help in a way that doesn't seem unmanageable, time wise or emotionally. She presents the benefits, and other mothers experiences. A good read. Great to read a book with the specific audience of mothers (ie caregivers who don't have a lot of time for themselves and have lots of opportunity to become frustrated at the needs of others) about mindfulness and Buddhism. She presents the ways Buddhism can help in a way that doesn't seem unmanageable, time wise or emotionally. She presents the benefits, and other mothers experiences. A good read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I enjoyed the thoughts on mindfulness and emphasis it through the lens of parenthood. I felt that quite a bit of the book assumed some of the mother stereotypes (SAHM, lazy/incompetent husband, crazy kids) which I didn't appreciate and thought detracted from the overall message. The core ideas are great though, especially for those interested in Buddhism in a practical application of daily life. Good for fathers or mothers. I enjoyed the thoughts on mindfulness and emphasis it through the lens of parenthood. I felt that quite a bit of the book assumed some of the mother stereotypes (SAHM, lazy/incompetent husband, crazy kids) which I didn't appreciate and thought detracted from the overall message. The core ideas are great though, especially for those interested in Buddhism in a practical application of daily life. Good for fathers or mothers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    My husband went overseas for a while when I was struggling with young children, sleepless etc. Before he left we wrote a list of strategies that I could refer too if I started feeling overwhelmed. Reading Buddhism for mothers - just a little each day - was the first strategy. It was like my Bible! Sarah has written a tonic for the mother's soul with this book. And this second book in the series is my favorite. My husband went overseas for a while when I was struggling with young children, sleepless etc. Before he left we wrote a list of strategies that I could refer too if I started feeling overwhelmed. Reading Buddhism for mothers - just a little each day - was the first strategy. It was like my Bible! Sarah has written a tonic for the mother's soul with this book. And this second book in the series is my favorite.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

    I loved this one as much as I loved her first book. I instantly felt calmer whenever I sat down to read it. The tenants of Buddhism make sense to me, and go so well with the Yoga and Meditation I've been focusing on this year. Parenting gives us SO many opportunities to practice these skills. Beginner's mind, being in the present moment and so much more. Definitely recommend, no matter your religious preferences. I loved this one as much as I loved her first book. I instantly felt calmer whenever I sat down to read it. The tenants of Buddhism make sense to me, and go so well with the Yoga and Meditation I've been focusing on this year. Parenting gives us SO many opportunities to practice these skills. Beginner's mind, being in the present moment and so much more. Definitely recommend, no matter your religious preferences.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I thought the author did really well explaining Buddhism and applying it to parenting. The book didn't teach me anything new; however, its language helped me find better ways to apply the principles within parenting that are important to me (particularly patience and compassion). You don't have to be Buddhist, or trying to become Buddhist, to get things out of this book. I liked its perspective. I found it easy to read. And I enjoyed reading it. I thought the author did really well explaining Buddhism and applying it to parenting. The book didn't teach me anything new; however, its language helped me find better ways to apply the principles within parenting that are important to me (particularly patience and compassion). You don't have to be Buddhist, or trying to become Buddhist, to get things out of this book. I liked its perspective. I found it easy to read. And I enjoyed reading it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    In each of the 10 chapters author Sarah Napthali applies mindfulness practices to everyday lives. Interwoven in the text are the real life struggles she has faced with her own children. Each chapter ends with a short list of things you can do. Some takeaways for me: staying present with my children, thankfulness, and ultimately letting go of what I can't control. In each of the 10 chapters author Sarah Napthali applies mindfulness practices to everyday lives. Interwoven in the text are the real life struggles she has faced with her own children. Each chapter ends with a short list of things you can do. Some takeaways for me: staying present with my children, thankfulness, and ultimately letting go of what I can't control.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I really liked this book. It helped me remember that I need to be in the moment with my kids and to enjoy the small things! I also laughed and enjoyed the stories of other moms who are in the same situation as me. It is not easy being a mom (especially a stay-at-home mom) and I needed this vote of encouragement. I really recommend it for those moms out there with little children!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    A helpful and soothing reminder to slow down and focus on what's important during the hectic early days of motherhood, but not much here in the way of original thinking. She uses A LOT of quotes from other people/writers, and personal anecdotes. Might be a good introduction to the likes of Thich Naht Hahn and other authors if you haven't read much about Buddhism. A helpful and soothing reminder to slow down and focus on what's important during the hectic early days of motherhood, but not much here in the way of original thinking. She uses A LOT of quotes from other people/writers, and personal anecdotes. Might be a good introduction to the likes of Thich Naht Hahn and other authors if you haven't read much about Buddhism.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Halena

    There were a few parts I liked in this but by half way through I just started to read the what to do pages. It is not a practical book unless you are studying Buddhism. I did think it would be more of a bridge with extracts from buddhism to help with parenting rather than a guide to beginners buddhism. Overall not a book I would recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This really resonated with me. I tried to draw out my reading of this book as it seems I am more focused on being a calm, patient mother (and person) while the words are fresh in my mind. Enjoyed as much or perhaps more than the author's earlier book, Buddhism for Mothers. Definitely one to re-read. This really resonated with me. I tried to draw out my reading of this book as it seems I am more focused on being a calm, patient mother (and person) while the words are fresh in my mind. Enjoyed as much or perhaps more than the author's earlier book, Buddhism for Mothers. Definitely one to re-read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Thayer

    I can't say enough good things about this book! This book truly helped me to slow down and become more aware of what is occurring in my life. There are so many good pieces of this book and I read it during the most perfect time for me, as I was questioning different aspects of raising my daughter. LOVED it!!!! I can't say enough good things about this book! This book truly helped me to slow down and become more aware of what is occurring in my life. There are so many good pieces of this book and I read it during the most perfect time for me, as I was questioning different aspects of raising my daughter. LOVED it!!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I didn't give this book the attention it deserves. It was my commuter read (and I work out of home only 1 day a week, so it took me a long time to get to the end). As I have two young boys, this book really hit home, and I will surely read it again. I didn't give this book the attention it deserves. It was my commuter read (and I work out of home only 1 day a week, so it took me a long time to get to the end). As I have two young boys, this book really hit home, and I will surely read it again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Saunders

    A absolutely beautifully written book. Every chapter is like a dharma talk (sermon) about an issue or question a parent is faced with. A very relevent book. Even thought the title seems to limit the audience, this is a book for EVERY parent. Very touching.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Loved this! Although... The book I scanned was called Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions. Thoughtful, peaceful and made me see things in a slightly different way. It's my second time reading Sarah Napthali and I want to read more. Loved this! Although... The book I scanned was called Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions. Thoughtful, peaceful and made me see things in a slightly different way. It's my second time reading Sarah Napthali and I want to read more.

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