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Publisher's Summary

A completely accessible and practical guide to nurturing your child using simple Buddhist practices, become a calmer and happier mother with the best-selling book, Buddhism for Mothers. Buddhism for Mothers discusses Buddhist teachings as applied to the everyday challenges of bringing up children. Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different. It is a book for mothers.Buddhism for Mothers explores the potential to be with your children in the all-important present moment; to gain the most joy out of being with them. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends?Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood. Ways that also allow space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering Buddhism for Mothers can help you shift your perspective so that your mind actually helps you through your day rather than dragging you down. This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents.
©2003 Sarah Napthali; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother." (Vicki Mackenzie, author of the bestselling Why Buddhism?)
"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, author of Choosing Happiness)
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By JenniferN on 02-16-14

Helpful Book!

What made the experience of listening to Buddhism for Mothers the most enjoyable?

I find this book helpful. I saw that one reviewer called it negative. I don't see it that way and in fact, to say that may actually be evidence that one missed the point of the book. It's very calming, realistic and helpful. The author acknowledges many of the challenges of parenthood (as opposed to using motherhood only because this advice is equally good for fathers.) I'd highly recommend this book and have already done so to several friends and family members. It's definitely on the "self-help" train. So, be prepared for that approach.

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By cortney on 08-28-15

wonder read

this will forever be my go to book when I feel the overwhelming demands of being a mother. I feel I'm a better person and parent after listening, and Sarah spoke the truth of the frustrations of being a parent with my solutions on how to refocus and be mindful.

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By Ana F. on 03-18-17

A must read book for mothers

If you could sum up Buddhism for Mothers in three words, what would they be?

A different approach to motherhood and life

What other book might you compare Buddhism for Mothers to, and why?

I have read many many books on gentle parenting and parenting in general, but no other book has had such a great effect on me. It helped me to enjoy life, kids, even my kids trantrums are now a moment to learn and not to get nervous as I did before. I don't know why I didnt know about this book when I was pregnat!

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Macauley – was your favourite?

Neutral calm voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I just heard it when taking my kids for a walk in the buggy. It was more like a spa session hearing this book!

Any additional comments?

Is not a religious book, it shows you how to approach life in a more mindfull and loving way.

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By Rebecca on 03-31-15

Brilliant, inspirational, down to earth.

I. Love. This. Book.

It's just exactly what I needed. I've been curious about Buddhism for years but unsure where to begin. This was the perfect place. I found this book really spoke to me.

After reading this I feel refreshed and motivated and much more positive about myself as a mum. Highly recommend.

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By Fay on 06-02-16

relevant and practical

Practical guide for mothers and everyone. My son listened with me, he appreciated it too.

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